Department of Forestry Declares Regulated Use Closure for Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.] Regulated Use closure has been declared for Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday June 29, 2019. The closure is intended to reduce wildfires related to high risk activities as wildland fuels dry out. Lands included in this closure include private, municipal and state owned lands protected by the Central Oregon District, in the following counties: Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Grant, Wheeler, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, Lake, Harney, Umatilla, and Wasco.

Activities below are restricted by this closure. Additional restrictions and the full proclamation can be accessed at

  • Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2½ pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas.
  • Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
  • Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.
  • The use of fireworks and blasting is prohibited.

Beginning July 1, 2019 open burning including burn barrels in Hood River and Wasco counties will be prohibited with the burn ban going into effect.

The public is also reminded that the use of tracer ammunition or exploding targets is illegal within the District during fire season. Sky lanterns and other luminaries are prohibited in Oregon.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit





COFCA Seasonal Burn Closure 2019                     

Please see the attached Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Letter for closure of burn season on June 1. This will take effect at midnight May 31st.

2019 Spring AFD Newsletter (1)2019 Spring AFD Newsletter (1)

The Alfalfa Fire district spring news letter is now available. Please click the link above.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED- If you are interested in volunteering with the Alfalfa Fire District, please submit an inquiry to Chad LaVallee @ We have many position available from Firefighter to support personnel. APPLY TODAY!



The AFD will hold its monthly board meeting Aug 14th  at 6pm. . And is open to the public.



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

ISO letter

.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
Live Fire

AFD firefighters at live fire training


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 @


firefighters working

AFD firefighters stabilizing an over turned vehicle

AFD Newsletter Jan 2018

The AFD is looking for volunteer firefighters!  Please contact Chad LaVallee at  and visit our volunteer page for more info.

AFD fire engine

AFD engine 921

Congratulations to our AFD firefighters for completing NFPA FF2 Certification!

training fire for firefighters

Training fire

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

61 Total

Engine 922 lighted pump panel

Engine 922 lighted pump panel

vehicle fire training

AFD firefighters training on vehicle fires

Interior fire attack training

AFD firefighters advancing a hose line during training.

Firefighter Justin Green

Firefighter Justin Green

AFD firefighters after doing stairclimb

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!

AFD firefighters training on propane firesAFD Firefighters training on Flammable liquids and gas prop.

a truck on fire

Recent Vehicle Fire