Fire Danger Level at HIGH!

The Fire agencies in the Deschutes County area have decided to reduce the Fire Danger Level to HIGH. High Level is still just under extreme, as we have yet to have any moisture. The fuels are still bone dry and will escalate quickly. Outdoor Burning is still prohibited.

Firefighters need a 'fighting chance'

By Jim Cornelius News Editor Three houses in the Cloverdale Fire District have gone up in flames this summer, along with several outbuildings. Two separate fires, the most recent on August 11, have threatened to devastate entire neighborhoods on the sagebrush flats east of Sisters - and might well have if not for well-coordinated firefighting efforts. Those fires have driven home a message that Cloverdale Fire Chief Thad Olsen and other emergency officials say is critical: Homeowners must do their part to make their properties defensible, and they must be prepared for a crisis to hit with little warning. "We aren't going to commit firefighters to houses that are not defensible," Chief O

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