BEND, OR -- Deschutes County officials say the first phase of cleaning up encampments on county-owned land in Juniper Ridge is underway this week. The area north of Bend has long been home to a large houseless community, but Commissioners say the camp poses serious health and safety concerns.
Contractors will install and maintain temporary drinking water stations, trash cans and portable toilets. They’ll also begin clearing debris.
Officials say campers will be allowed to stay while the county explores options for a managed campsite inside Deschutes County's boundary. The county's legal counsel has said a managed camp is required before a camping ordinance could be enforced within the county.