Monday, July 24, 2017

Five Ways to Prepare for Eclipse 2017

Oregon will be the first state where you can view the total solar eclipse crossing the United States Monday, August 21. For about two and half hours, daytime will gradually yield to dusk—and to darkness for about two minutes—as the moon passes in front of the sun. We're planning ahead to keep Oregon moving, and we encourage you to do the same. An estimated 1 million visitors are coming to Oregon to view this celestial spectacle. That means traffic backups are inevitable, but preparation ensures a good time for visitors and residents alike. What you do to plan ahead will make or break your eclipse-viewing experience. 
  1. Expect traffic changes. We don't plan to close any state highways. But as traffic volumes increase, we 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, especially around venues with many visitors.
  2. 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, or ride your bicycle!
  3. 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
  4. Caution friends, family, and other visitors. Tell them to #DriveHealthy. Avoid unnecessary distractions during your travels - and especially when our highways will be crowded during the time of the eclipse. Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse and leave late afterward. If everyone jumps on the highways all at the same time right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Remember, all travelers have a shared responsibility to stay safe.
  5. 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! Use or call 511 before you travel for 24/7 updates on road condition information. 
We're all in this together. Look out for each other. This is a rare opportunity but it brings potential hazards. We must all do our part to be prepared. Help your neighbors and other travelers who may be unfamiliar with the area. Be friendly, helpful and patient - and please enjoy Oregon!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Only a Month Away

The total solar eclipse is coming to Oregon in just one month! Starting today, a variety of our partners across the state will be sharing helpful information and tips about the 2017 total solar eclipse every day until August 21. Planning and arriving early will be the key to success folks! Tune into #OReclipse and join the conversation.

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

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:

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:
2. Facebook:
3. Twitter:
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.

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