I experienced wildfire first hand in 1996 when the Skeleton Fire destroyed 19 houses in the Sundance neighborhood Southeast of Bend, my childhood home among them. That is why I serve on the Deschutes Rural Fire District #2 Board of Directors and the Deschutes County Project Wildfire Steering Committee.

View of Horse Butte before the Skeleton Fire
What remained of the original Tatom home
View of Horse Butte after the Skeleton Fire

Federal, state, and local agencies have made strides to protect lives and property in Central Oregon through prescribed burns, smart regulations, and community outreach, but local property owners must take steps to prevent and mitigate the destructive effects future fires will have on their homes and businesses.

Here are resources to help: