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Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue

Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue


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OR 97734
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Fire prevention education
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Wildfire risk assessment

Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue is located in Culver, on Lake Billy Chinook and in the high desert of Central Oregon. The district responds to nearly 105 square miles of territory. The fire district serves a retirement / vacation, recreational resort community of 573 full-time residents. Each year they host an additional 36,000 visitors during the summer months. Over the past 3 decades, many retired residence have moved to the area. Eighty-seven percent of the population is over 60 years of age. This growth is expected to continue.

The district is comprised of four subdivisions, consisting of clusters of homes and small businesses and surrounding ranch lots. The area is made up of scattered private timber land and the hydro-electric project lands owned by Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. We are in a very fire prone area. Two out of four subdivisions in my district are rated High-Density Extreme as classified in the most current CWPP.

Wildfires have increased in intensity and severity in the past decade. Our area is threatened each summer by at least one large wildfire. Proactive responsible planning, treatment, mitigation and education is necessary to reduce risk, reduce property and landscape loss and increase the safety of property owners and firefighters.

Our goal is to develop a comprehensive plan, a guide designed to help community leaders, planners, emergency professionals, and property owners learn the best approaches and programs to help their community become more fire adapted. This plan is district wide and will include all sub-divisions neighborhoods. Our work addresses issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, individual property risk, community preparedness, training, equipment and infrastructure. Our department works with the HOA on improving infrastructure through mitigation along access and Egress, Improving safe zones and escape routes. Individual property owners are encouraged to improve their defensible space through public meetings, workshops and mitigation grants.

So far the program is gaining ground. In the 2018 Graham Fire, a 2000 plus acre fire had 300 structures inside the footprint of the fire. We only lost 11 structures. This was due primarily to defensible space performed by property owners and roadside right-away work done for the HOA on a grant.

LCFR CWPP - Local district Wildife Prtection Plan

The LCFR CWPP will contain a local (district) wildfire protection plan (CWPP) that can take a variety of forms based on the needs of the community. The fire adapted community plan will address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, individual property risk, community preparedness, training, equipment and infrastructure. The plan incorporates the “Fire Adapted Communities Concept” by including projects that support resilient landscapes, defensible space and addressing the community response to wildfires. The plan will also improve the district’s ability to compete for grants to fund hazard mitigation projects, prevention, and preparedness education for residents in the community. Additionally, the plan will indicate collaborative ventures with adjacent land management agencies to reduce levels of flammable vegetation on lands near and bordering our community neighborhoods. The fire adapted community plan will also indicate where there is a need to create additional safety features such as buffers between fuels and neighborhoods, buffering access and egress, buffers between wildland, common land and private property, designated evacuation routes, and internal neighborhood safety zones. (3R Airstrip, LBC Airstrip, The waterfront area)

FMAG Mitigation Grant

This FMAG mitigation grant will be used to treat critical area with fuels mitigation along roadways and increase the buffer from federally owned Crooked River National Grassland and the adjacent subdivisions.

Little Canyon Forest Resilancey

This project plans to thin out heavy juniper growth and decadent shrub, bitter brush growth within a old growth ponderosa stand. The projects Objectives are: Restore ponderosa pine ecosystem by reintroducing low intensity fire. · Increase the safety of nearby homes by reducing decadent brush and minimizing future wildfire behavior. This project will allow the more fire resilient ponderosa to proliferate and not create a catastrophic wildfire threat to the homes on the canyon's rims above.