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A fast moving fire that destroyed two homes in Eagle Crest could easily happen again at businesses and other homes in Central Oregon. Fire officials say it started in bark dust; a popular landscaping material that is also a great fire starter. Bark dust is definitely a concern. Gary Marshall with the Bend Fire Department says it's one of those things that people become complacent about: “But if you just take a few minutes to think about it.  Bark dust is made of wood and its usually very dry and pushed up next to your wood home or business and underneath dry shrubs or bushes that could also make a good torch.” All it takes is a cigarette butt, a stray firework or a child playing with fire landing in the bark dust. “And a lot of people don’t see the pavers and the amount of litter that collects underneath these ornamental bushes. And so all it takes is a little bit of heat from a creeping fire to ignite one of these bushes. And now, instead of having a smoldering fire, now we have a fire that is 3 to 4 to 5 feet high. A little touch that’ll spread right into your siding, underneath your eves, right into your attic.” He says the fire department is encouraging businesses to have cigarette trashcans outside their doors and homeowners to use other methods of landscaping.

 

 

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

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

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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