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Fifth-wheel RV burns in fire east of Redmond

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Redmond Fire & Rescue
A fifth-wheel trailer was destroyed by a fire Saturday morning east of Redmond.

No injuries; second trailer blaze in area in past three days

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A small fifth-wheel RV was destroyed in a fire on Deschutes County-owned land east of Redmond Saturday morning, the second such blaze of the holiday weekend in the area, frequented by homeless campers.

The fire was reported shortly before 9 a.m. east of Greenwood Avenue, Redmond Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Ron Hawkins said.

The small trailer was mostly consumed when firefighters arrived, with some minor spread to debris around the RV and a juniper tree, Hawkins said. Crews put out the blaze from a safe distance, staying upwind of the smoke column.

Hawkins said the RV was not occupied when the fire was reported. The resident reported being at another camp and hearing explosions, then returned to find the trailer ablaze and called 911.

No injuries were reported. There was no mutual aid by fire agencies, but Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies and Redmond police assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire was undetermined. The RV was estimated to be worth about $500.

Two large camp trailers and two vehicles were destroyed in a fire Thursday evening on county-owned land near the former Redmond Rod and Gun Club site.

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    1. There is a possibility “they” are also taxpayers… They could be working and that’s what they can afford to live in.

      Have you checked out housing/rental prices lately. Pretty steep for minimum wage workers.

      Assumptions are judgemental and not helpful.

      1. Except for all the trash they are tossing around, they are just bums. As for the housing issue, that is something they needed to check out before moving to the area. My “assumptions” are based on years of dealing with the aftermath of these “campsites” and having the cleanup issue. It is about time to start calling DEQ on the county for allowing these camps to happen, with all the “hazemat” left behind, the sewage left behind, the junk cars left behind, the burned-out trailers left behind, etc. If you are okay with them trashing the environment like this, then you have no complaint about fracking, oil/gas wells, landfills, coal mines, etc, Just on a different scale.

  1. Is that all their of trash in the picture. When and who is cleaning that mess. Keeping an area like that, full of trash, its no real surprise that their r.v. burned down. Sad but, clean up your trash!!!

    1. I’m sure most of it, if not all of it, is their trash. They did say that they
      heard an explosion, but that mess isn’t just from an explosion…
      The mess in the picture is a fairly common landscape where the homeless have
      set up camp. It would be bad enough being homeless, but I would think it would be
      really depressing being constantly surrounded by garbage…

  2. they should have to keep their areas clean or get out. i’ve been homeless it aint that hard to keep a clean camp in exchange for a free place to stay. how much would it cost the county to donate trash bags to the needy and drive a garbage truck through there once a week? it would be more cost effective to collect some big metal bins once a week that to pick up 100s of acres of scattered trash annually. it would be a good way to help the ones who are trying, and get rid of the ones who dont care. once the ones who dont care got no place to camp, they’ll start caring

    1. I read a story a couple days ago about a new program that they started in Seattle.
      There are a lot of homeless people living in old r.v’s in Seattle, and they were
      having problems with the people dumping their sewage tanks on the ground because they
      either couldn’t afford to drive to a waste station and dump it, or the r.v doesn’t run,
      so now they have a pump truck that goes around and empties the waste tanks on r.v’s.
      According to the city, it has drastically reduced the number of incidents of sewage
      being dumped on the streets…
      It said in the story how much it is costing the city to do this, but I can’t remember
      how much it was. It’s gotta be cheaper than doing a lot of bio-hazard cleanups.

    1. they arent the only ones responsible for the garbage out there, lots of pos dump truckloads of trash out there to save a $15 dump fee. that area was actually used as redmonds dump from the 1920s-1960s,70s. its seen a few fires, there was even a huge mill out that way at one time that burned down

  3. This kind of think dosen’t happen in city’s like Portland, Seattle, San Francisco. Los Angles, these “progressive” Democrat city’s take care of their homeless, OH wait, I’m sorry it is thousands of times worse, in these cities. Good job, to the Governor’s of these states, and the people who vote them, and their policies in. Good job.

  4. Just a comment – if you look at aerial photos of this area over the decades you will see how the juniper tree (weed) growth started very scattered and now it’s almost completely grown in. The same thing is going to happen with these disgustingly filthy, garbage cluttered homeless camp sites. Bend needs to fix it! Maybe some of the funds that Visit Bend collects could be directed towards cleaning this mess to “keep it out of the eyes of visitors”?

  5. From another author (Maxis)

    I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled it lovingly with seed.

    Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

    But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

    Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table …everywhere!

    Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

    And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

    After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned

    up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

    Soon, the back yard was like it used to be ….. quiet, serene….and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

    Now let’s see……

    Our City gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care and welcomes these “birds” with open arms.

    Just an opinion, but maybe it’s time for the City to take down the bird feeder. If you disagree just continue cleaning up the poop!

  6. And how many of these “bums” are victims of this summer’s wildfires that are now living in their RV with no income, no insurance coming yet, no word on when they can rebuild, or where to go when all you have is lost? A little compassion please before you rush to hasty judgements about who is worthy to share the air and the ground.

    1. My guess would be between none and zero are the real victims of the wildfires on the West Side. I have compassion for those who are trying to help themselves up and out – I have been there before and had to have help – but no sympathy for those scamming the system, living out in the sticks, and trashing the place knowing they will leave the pile when the stench gets too bad from the trash and biohazards they leave around, at best these people dig a hole for the human waste and at worst, well the photos show the worst very well.

      1. On your side, Oregonn8tiveCancel. I had to save for years to be able to afford to move to Bend back in the 1980’s – I knew it was not a cheap area to work and live in even back then, SO I waited until I could afford it. If you can’t afford to live in a certain town, city, state? well then move on to another where you CAN find work and a home or at least a little apartment OR a trailer that you CAN afford. I did it the way many of us were raised back in the 1940’s-50’s and before – – work for what you get and don’t ever be a burden on another. The OLDEN days.

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