Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

On June 30th, 2024, at 5:30 pm the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to assist the Redmond Fire & Rescue, Crooked River Ranch Fire Department, and the Jefferson County Fire Department with a debris burn pile which was no longer contained and was now spreading through a property in the 1500 block of NW Ice Ave in Terrebonne, Oregon.

During this event it was approximately 80 degrees with strong winds pushing north to south. As the fire continued to spread to the south quickly, it approached another property which resulted in numerous structures being threatened. Several fire resources were able to contain the fire from spreading as the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office assisted with evacuations of nearby properties. Due to the quick response of the fire fighters on scene, the structures were saved from complete destruction. Fire resources remained on scene for several hours to assure the once aggressive fire was fully extinguished. 

During the investigation, it was determined the cause of the fire was a debris burn which was left unattended. Debris burns such as these have been banned since June 1st. The fire consumed approximately four acres of dry weeds, bushes, and trees, and the fire threatened numerous structures but did not cause any serious damage. The owner of the residence who started the debris burn pile was issued a citation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents that debris burns are banned and prohibited as of June 1st. Debris burning is described as: burning with burn barrels, weed burners, field, ditch, and open pile burning. It is always recommended to consult with the fire station in your jurisdiction when considering burning.

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