VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- If you are interested in volunteering with the Alfalfa Fire District, please submit an inquiry to Chad LaVallee @ email@example.com. We have many positions available from Firefighter to support personnel. APPLY TODAY!
Outdoor Debris Burning: AS OF 10 April, 2020 BURN SEASON IS CLOSED FOR THE ALFALFA FIRE DISTRICT.
OUTDOOR BURNING UPDATE-
ALFALFA FIRE DISTRICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2020
Contact: Chief Chad LaVallee
ALFALFA FIRE DISTRICT UPDATES OUTDOOR BURNING GUIDANCE
The Alfalfa Fire District (District) has made the difficult decision to keep outdoor debris burning closed for the remainder of the spring burning season. Outdoor debris burning is now scheduled to reopen in the fall, after the fire season ends.
Deschutes County fire departments closed burning on April 10, 2020 when the impacts of the COVID pandemic were not fully known. Fire departments were seeing an increase in escaped fires as a result of outdoor debris burning, and were concerned about the health impacts of smoke on vulnerable populations. Also, in response to the “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, a coalition of state agencies asked Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning. The agencies making this request included: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Oregon Health Authority.
When Deschutes County’s plan for Phase 1 reopening was approved, the District researched options for possibly allowing open burning to resume. The District contacted Deschutes County Health Services Department and other local fire protection agencies seeking input. After receiving input and recommendations from local and state health professionals, along with other fire agencies, it became apparent that it would be difficult to open outdoor debris burning without impacting vulnerable populations. The District also considered that there were only 10 days remaining before fire season begins on June 1st. Extended weather forecasts predict windy days and increasing dryness that would have further limited the number of allowed burning days.
The District understands that this decision will impact many residents who have been waiting for the opportunity to burn wood/yard debri. Residents are encouraged to continue to do their spring clean up and store piles at least 25 feet away from buildings if possible. Residents may also dispose of wood debris during the Fire Free event which ends Sunday May 24th. For more information about Fire Free events go to: https://www.firefree.org/firefreeevents/
ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey
The AFD is proud to announce the completion of our first PPC survey. Our rating is:
- 8B- if within 5 miles of the fire station
- 10- if outside of the 5 mile distance of the fire station
Fire station address- 25889 Alfalfa Market Rd, Bend Oregon 97701
Wildfire Preparation Tips:
- Create 30-100 feet of defensible space around buildings
- Clear areas underneath large trees
- Clear areas around propane tanks
- Move wood piles away from buildings
- Have easy to read address signs
The AFD can have an Address sign made and installed for you. This will assist firefighters in locating your address in the event of an emergency
Please contact Chad LaVallee for more information @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The AFD is looking for volunteer firefighters! Please contact Chad LaVallee at Clavallee@afdist.org and visit our volunteer page for more info.
Congratulations to our AFD firefighters for completing NFPA FF2 Certification!
Here are the AFD response stats for 2017
1 Structure Fire
4 Vehicle Fires
1 Brush Fire
2 RV Fires
1 Outside Building Fire
3 Mutual Aid Fires
9 Smoke Investigations
38 Medical Aids
2 Motor Vehicle Accidents
AFD Firefighters Katelyn Starr, Nate Starr and Chad LaVallee participated in the Firefighter stair climb in Portland climbing 40 floors in full gear. This event was held to help fight cystic fibrosis. Great job!