Residential Debris Burning Closed in Klamath County, Deschutes County Expected to Close Soon

Residential debris burning on private lands closed in Klamath County on Friday, May 14th, at midnight. Debris burning is still open in Deschutes County but is anticipated to come to an early close in the near future. State Forestry and Deschutes County fire chiefs may decide to close open burn season any day now due to the prolonged dry weather and persistent drought conditions. Please be sure to check the District’s burn line at 541-536-9056 each day before you burn to ensure debris burning is still allowed.

Notice of La Pine Fire District Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors of the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.  The meeting location is 51550 Huntington Road, La Pine, Oregon, and the location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  COVID safety protocols including social distancing and mask wearing are required.  For further information or to request special needs accommodation call 541-536-2935.  

Information on New Ordinances

Over 34 years ago, the citizens of the La Pine – Sunriver area realized that medical care was a long way off, limited, and/or difficult to access. They came to a common-sense conclusion that to save lives meant getting highly skilled and equipped paramedics on scene to stabilize critically ill and/or injured patients. This innovatively created Oregon’s first rural fire paramedic program, which has done just as intended – saved many, many lives.

However, at the same time, the community voted that the fire paramedic emergency ALS (Advanced Life Support) transport service is to be a fee-based service and not taxpayer supported. In addition, due to Oregon tax limitation laws the district is under a tax cap – so raising taxes is not an option for the district.

Due to the growth of our community, Ordinance 2019-03 was enacted by the fire district board in November 2019 and became effective January 2020. Its purpose was to ensure anyone calling 911 for an emergency receives help as soon as possible. Whether that is a professional medical and health care facility or a citizen alone at home, on the ranch, on the highway, or in the forest with a medical or fire emergency.

In December 2020, and after a year in practice, the fire district board elected to do an annual review of the new Ordinance 2019-03. After careful review of the past year’s experiences and in consideration of each public comment received, the board considered and approved two new ordinances to best serve all the citizens of this community and ensure your fire paramedic program can continue to provide all that is requested of it. Those ordinances are:

La Pine Rural Fire Protection District Ordinance #2021-01

AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE #2019-03 AND ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO GOVERN COST RECOVERY FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE FACILITY AMBULANCE TRANSPORTS REQUESTED THROUGH 911
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La Pine Rural Fire Protection District Ordinance #2021-02

AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO GOVERN COST RECOVERY FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE FACILITY SERVICES REQUEST
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FREE Yard Debris Collection this May

The FireFree Program sponsors free yard debris disposal each spring. This year’s dates are:

La Pine: Southwest Transfer Station, May 22 to June 5, Wednesdays thru Saturdays, 8AM – 4PM, 54580 Highway 97, La Pine.

Sunriver: Sunriver Compost Site, May 7 & 8, 8AM – 4PM, 18305 Cottonwood Rd., Sunriver.

There is also a Free Clean Up Day in Klamath County on June 12, from 8:30AM to 4:00PM at the Crescent Transfer Station, 3601 Crescent Cutoff Rd, Gilchrist.


“Minimizing pain, suffering and the loss of life & property through prevention, fire suppression, rescue & emergency medical services.”

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