Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fire Restrictions Begin Friday

**Industrial Fire Precaution Level III will also be implemented this week

Please see the below information from our COEIN partners at Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch.

CENTRAL OREGON – With hot and dry conditions expected to continue, increasing numbers of wildfires around the northwest, and fire suppression resources already responding to a high number of human-caused wildfires around Central Oregon, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing campfire restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level III.

Effective 12:01 a.m. July 21, 2017 (Friday), open fires, including charcoal briquette fires and portable campfires, will be prohibited, except in the following designated campgrounds:

Crescent Ranger District: Contorta Flat, Contorta Point, Crescent Lake, Simax Group, Spring, Sunset Cove, Trapper Creek, Whitefish Horse Camp, Windy Group Site, Industrial Mushroom Camp (Little Odell Butte).

Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District: Crane Prairie, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Fall River, Fall River Guard Station, Gull Point, Lava Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Little Fawn, Little Fawn Group, Little Lava Lake, Mallard Marsh, North Twin, Point, Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, Quinn River, Rock Creek, Sheep Bridge, South, South Twin, West South Twin, Big River Group, Bull Bend, Wyeth, Cinder Hill, East Lake, Little Crater, Newberry Group, Ogden Group, Paulina Lake, Prairie.

Sisters Ranger District: Allen Springs, Allingham, Blue Bay, Camp Sherman, Candle Creek, Cold Spring, Driftwood, Gorge, Graham Corral, Indian Ford, Jack Creek, Link Creek, Lower Bridge, Lower Canyon Creek, Perry South, Pine Rest, Pioneer Ford, Riverside, Scout Lake, Sheep Spring, Smiling River, South Shore, Three Creek Lake, Three Creek Meadow, Three Creek Horse Camp, Whispering Pine.

Paulina Ranger District: Sugar Creek, Wolf Creek.

Lookout Mtn. Ranger District: Antelope Flat Reservoir, Deep Creek, Ochoco Divide, Ochoco Forest, Walton Lake and Wildcat.

Crooked River National Grassland: Skull Hollow and Haystack Reservoir.

Prineville BLM: Big Bend, Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte.
These restrictions do not apply to Wilderness areas on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Prineville BLM.

In addition to campfire restrictions, smoking is restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, in a designated campground, in boats on lakes and rivers, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material. Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.

Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.

Additionally, the Prineville BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland will move to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL). The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands.

IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown” and restricts the use of chainsaws to loading sites on tractor/skidder operations to between the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Only cable yarding systems that use non-motorized systems are allowed. Industrial welding and mechanized loading operations are also restricted to the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Industrial and permitted operations may request a waiver from the Forest Service or BLM depending on land ownership at the activity location. It is the responsibility of all operators to know and follow the requirements of the current fire precaution level.

More information about both IFPL and Public Use Restrictions can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/centraloregon/home/?cid=fsbdev3_035880

Public use restrictions help protect the land, resources, and visitors. Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to implement fire restrictions. Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence only increase the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater burden on already busy firefighters.  Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

For up-to-the-minute wildfire information, follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Solar Eclipse Preparedness Video

Thanks to the City of Bend for bringing together several COEIN partners for this short and informative video regarding how we're planning for the upcoming eclipse, August 21, 2017. If the video below is having issues, please visit this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAc-L-pdYzk&t=1s

video

Friday, July 7, 2017

ODOT #Eclipse2017 update: Don’t let events eclipse your good judgement on the road


With as many as one million people expected to be in the #Eclipse2017 path of totality in Oregon August 21, ODOT expects highways across the state to be crowded. Many people will be from out of state and unfamiliar with our roads. ODOT is encouraging all travelers to be patient, expect delays, and reach out for help instead of “driving in the dark” when the sun disappears behind the moon.

If travelers plan ahead and come prepared,
we’ll all dance together
for two unforgettable minutes
as the sun throws the moon’s shadow over us.
If travelers don’t plan ahead,
we’ll all go nowhere together
for many forgettable hours
probably throwing shade at each other.

ODOT’s 5 secrets of celestial success:
Here are five suggested sources for up-to-date travel information:
1. TripCheck: www.TripCheck.com
2. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonDOT
3. Twitter: https://twitter.com/OregonDot
4. 5-1-1
5. Local media

ODOT will make regular and frequent updates to these sites using the latest highway travel time information. We will post updates to social media and will keep your local radio, TV and newspapers up to date so they can report travel time and road condition information to you.

ODOT will have crews posted at strategic locations along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe.

But it still comes down to you—and your plan to arrive early, stay put and leave late. All travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe. That means planning your trip thoroughly, preparing your vehicle and passengers ahead of time, staying up to date on the latest highway conditions, arriving before the crowd and leaving after the crowd.

If you wait to arrive
You’ll be late on the drive
And miss the celestial lights.

If you hurry to leave
You’ll surely feel peeved.
Stick around and see Oregon’s sights.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Eclipse Travel Survey

COEIN needs your help! 

Are you or someone you know planning to watch the upcoming Eclipse in Central Oregon? Please take our 5 question survey or send your eclipse-watcher this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COEclipse

The survey is 100% completely anonymous. All the information gathered from the survey will be used to help emergency management planners with their response to the influx of people to the Central Oregon area for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. We hope to use the data we gather here to better serve area residents and visitors for this once in a lifetime event!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lightning Safety

The Deschutes National Forest is a vital and active part of our COEIN network! Please read the following information from the Forest Service regarding lightning safety.

Lightning: What You Need to Know
  • NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
  • Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter
  • Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Don't forget to get your rx meds filled ahead of . Talk with your pharmacist for more information.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ODOT Eclipse Update: T Minus 2 Months

Text of press release from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation:

ODOT eclipse update: T minus 2 months

Don’t be a luna(r)-tic: Arrive early, stay put and leave late

Oregon will experience quite a show two months from today, when the moon’s shadow cast by a solar eclipse begins its 2,500-mile-per-hour journey across the United States.

But if the predicted one million visitors in Oregon’s path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse don’t properly prepare or aren’t paying attention, that show won’t be the celestial dance they came for. It’ll be a cosmic traffic jam on the roads below.

ODOT is expecting that many Oregon highways will be especially crowded in the days around the eclipse. We ask that, when you’re traveling, you keep your hands on the wheel, your mind on the task, and your eyes on the road—not on the sky.

Statistics show that many crashes are the result of distracted driving and traveling too fast for conditions. So we’re encouraging you to avoid unnecessary distractions during your travels—and especially when Oregon highways will be very crowded during the time of the eclipse. That means planning your travel well in advance; knowing where you’re going; and for long trips, knowing where you’re going to go when the need arises!

ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe, and will be providing travel updates via Tripcheck.com and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available. Properly supplied and informed, we all can avoid becoming “highway luna(r)-tics” during the eclipse.

You should:
  • Expect traffic changes. ODOT does not plan to close any state highways. But as traffic volumes increase, ODOT may restrict some left turns to and from highways in order to keep traffic moving. Cities and counties may choose to do the same thing on their streets and roads.
  • Help keep roads clear. Staying off the roads helps make sure emergency service vehicles can get through. Take care of errands well before Aug. 21. Limit your trips to help keep the roads clear. Ride your bicycle!
  • Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road. Find carpool information at www.drivelessconnect.com.
  • Caution friends, family and other visitors: Tell them to #DriveHealthy: Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse and leave late afterwards. If everyone jumps on the highways all at once right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  • Be prepared. Plan ahead for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you’re stuck in traffic. Plan to get to where you need to be before you need to go!
We’re all in this together. Be prepared. Help your neighbors and other travelers to be prepared. And please enjoy Oregon!


For updates, visit www.Tripcheck.com.

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