Fall has finally arrived in Central Oregon after a long fire season and smoky skies. With cooler temperatures, this is the time to capitalize on local opportunities to increase your personal preparedness. Beginning Monday, October 29th through Saturday, November 10th (closed Sunday, November 4th) local residents are encouraged to define their defensible space by taking advantage of the half-price yard debris days. Residents can recycle their yard debris at Deschutes Recycling for HALF PRICE – only $2.00 per cubic yard.
FireFree encourages residents to complete their fall clean up and maintenance of defensible space by bringing branches, leaves, shrubs and pine needles to Deschutes Recycling during this event. Residents can take advantage of this event as an alternative to fall burning and recycle the combustible vegetation inside the 30-100 feet of defensible space around their homes.
“Burning yard debris is not allowed inside the city limits of Bend, so FireFree provides this option for Bend residents to recycle their debris inexpensively and legally,” says Alison Green, FireFree Coordinator. The fall event is a great opportunity for residents to get a jump start on preparing their property for next fire season,” Green adds.
“We hope residents will use this half-price event to clean up their leaves, pine needles, and yard debris to provide a safe defensible space around their homes without burning the debris,” says Brad Bailey, President of Deschutes Recycling.
FireFree is a year-round effort to educate community members and increase resident participation in preparing for wildfires. For more information about FireFree activities in your area, call your local fire department or Project Wildfire at 541-322-7129.
Visit the FireFree website at www.firefree.org for more information about defensible space and reducing the structural vulnerability of homes.