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Frequently Asked Questions

The FireFree program is constantly evolving to bring valuable education to the public so that residents can prepare themselves for wildland fires. In our effort to respond to your questions, here is a list of some of the common inquiries

What is FireFree?

Is it just an event? FireFree is actually an event & a program. The FireFree message is a year-round effort to educate community members about how they can be prepared for wildfires. Along with the education, FireFree provides events where residents can recycle yard debris for free or a reduced price.

What can I bring to FireFree?

Think wildfire preparedness. For the FireFree events, residents can bring yard debris they generate from creating or maintaining their defensible space. Please avoid large stumps (stumps from trees >12 inches in diameter), sod, manure, lumber or other wood products and land clearing debris. The goal is to get ready for fire season.

Should my debris be in bags?

The short answer is no. You are more than welcome to pack your debris, like pine needles & leaves, in bags. The bags will need to be emptied when you deliver them to the FireFree event. There will be trash cans provided for the leftover bags if need be.

What is the most vulnerable part of my home?

Your roof system; The roofing material, the gutters, the fascia boards, and any vents where flying embers or “firebrands” can land and ignite your home. Composition, metal or tile roofing is a better choice for non-combustible roofing.

What is the Home Ignition Zone?

0-30 Feet is critical; Your Home Ignition Zone is the area directly surrounding your home that can allow the fire to travel to your home and ignite it. It is divided into 3 separate zones. Your top priority is Zone 1 (0-5 feet) & Zone 2 (5-30 feet).

I pay my taxes. Why can't the fire department defend my home?

It’s a matter of supply & demand; there are not enough fire trucks and personnel to protect every home. The truth is, there will never be enough trucks to protect each and every home in a wildland fire situation. During a wildland fire, fire agencies are maxed out and concentrate on halting the fire’s advancement.

Is wildfire really a threat in Central Oregon?

Yes; While the majority of the fire starts are contained relatively quickly, a handful escapes the most gallant efforts and the potential for catastrophic loss are right in our back yards.  All of Deschutes County has been declared a Wildfire Hazard Zone. That means any place you live and work here is at substantial risk of wildland fire.