BEND, OR -- Fire season is right around the corner and a series of events can help people in Deschutes and Jefferson counties get their properties ready.
"Fire Free provides that opportunity for the individual resident to do their part preparing for fire season," Project Wildfire Director Boone Zimmerlee tells KBND News. He says that preparation means creating defensible space around your home by clearing away brush and low branches, even getting those pine needles out of gutters, "And when we really look at fires on the landscape and what’s being threatened out there, our greatest value at risk that’s being threatened are our homes. So, we need to start at our home and work our way outward." Zimmerlee adds, "80-90% of our home ignitions are caused by ember fallout. So, we really want to think about those ignition sources around our home and where those embers would land. And those are things we want to focus on removing from around our structures."
Drop off yard debris for free at the Knott Landfill in Bend, between Saturday and May 15. You can also take approved materials to sites in Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Sunriver and Madras over the next few weeks. You'll find a complete schedule and list of approved materials at the Fire Free website.