▶️ 30 years later, Bend’s Awbrey Hall Fire leaves a legacy of prevention and planning


We’re at the height of fire season here in Central Oregon.

Vegetation is dry and fire danger is extreme.

The conditions are all too similar to a Saturday 30 years ago today – August 4th – when the Awbrey Hall Fire roared out of Shevlin Park, scorching 3.500 acres and destroying 22 homes in Bend.

Central Oregon Daily News Photojournalist Steve Kaufmann takes a look back at the disaster that forever changed the way we prepare for and fight wildfires.


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