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If you are driving on the Parkway or Third Street near Reed Lane in Bend today, and you see columns of smoke or even flames, don't panic. Bend Fire and Rescue is conducting a structural fire training exercise at an abandoned donated house on Reed Lane. Bend Fire Deputy Fire Marshal Cindy Kettering says about 30 firefighters from Bend, Sunriver and Cloverdale sharpening their skills at fighting a live fire. "What we'll be doing is we'll take this house that has been inspected and insured that it meets applicable safety and environmental rules, and we'll be burning this house in controlled phases. During the morning hours, they'll be making small interior attacks; they'll extinguish the fire and they'll re-ignite it. So during the afternoon, we will be letting the structure burn." Kettering says the most visible smoke will be in the afternoon. She asks motorists please, do not cause traffic problems by slowing down to see what is happening.  The exercise should be done by 6 p-m.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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