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FireFree recycling events continue this weekend


With the fire threatening thousands in Canada, it’s a timely reminder that fire season is just around the corner for Central Oregonians.

Across the state and in Deschutes County, fire departments and organizations are encouraging residents to learn about living in Fire Adapted Communities and take steps to reduce the threat of wildfire destroying lives and homes.

There have already been events in Crook and Jefferson counties and many more opportunities all over central Oregon for residents to take advantage of.

Central Oregon residents will get a jump on this valuable campaign when they bring their flammable yard debris to area collections sites for FREE!

“Residents in Central Oregon are no strangers to wildfire and continue to show an increasing level of awareness by participating in FireFree Recycling events,” says Alison Green, Program Director of Project Wildfire. “To prepare for fire season, FireFree encourages residents to create and maintain their defensible space and offers free disposal of that yard debris,” adds Green.

The greatest risk of homes catching fire during a wildland fire event is from the advancing embers, or “fire brands” that reach your property long before an actual flame front.

With this in mind, FireFree reminds you to take a look around your property in the “home ignition zone” where glowing embers can ignite spot fires and vulnerable areas like decks, patios and fences that can spread flames to your home. And take advantage of upcoming FireFree Recycling Events to dispose of the debris for FREE:

Saturday, May 7 THROUGH May 15 at Knott Landfill in Bend.

Fridays & Saturdays, May 6 & 7 and May 13 & 14 at the Westside Collection Site in Bend.

19755 SW Simpson Ave.

Friday & Saturday, May 20 & 21 at Deschutes County Transfer Sites:

Negus Transfer Station in Redmond

Fryrear Transfer Station near Sisters

Southwest Transfer Station in La Pine

Friday & Saturday May13 & 14 at the Sunriver Compost Site in Sunriver.

Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 at Box Canyon Transfer Site in Madras.

Friday & Saturday, June 3-4 at Klamath County Transfer Sites:

Crescent Transfer Station near Crescent

Chemult Transfer Station in Chemult

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