Local Man Collects Donations for Fire Victims

Last weekend Bend resident Chris Coburn set up a small tent in Drake Park to collect donations for those who lost everything to the fires in California. The improptu donation drive did so well that he’ll be out at Drake Park again this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting more donations, which will be trucked down to California that night.

Impact of California’s Camp Fire

The Camp Fire in northern California has become the deadliest in the state’s history, but it can be hard to wrap your head around the number of homes lost and the destruction left behind. That’s not a problem for one local family, who has seen the destruction impact their own relatives. Central Oregon Daily’d Allison Roecker spoke with a Bend family whose relatives’ home disappeared as the fire ripped through the town of Paradise.

Central Oregon Strike Team Heads South to Aid in California Wildfires

A strike team from Central Oregon is heading to Southern California, where local firefighters will help in the efforts to battle wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres, and are threatening thousands of homes.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with some of the Bend firefighters before they left on a mission that will keep them from being home for the holidays.

Bend Firefighters Battling Wildfires in Wine Country

City of Bend firefighters are back on the front line of the wildfires burning in California’s wine country.

A Bend Fire and Rescue engine and crew of 6 joined ten other Strike Teams from Oregon to head to California on Wednesday morning and worked a 24-hour shift before taking a day off, and they are back at it today. Here is one of the latest photos of their efforts, courtesy of the Bend Fire Department.

Northern California Residents Fail to Receive Emergency Alerts Ahead of Fires

Some of the survivors in Santa Rosa and other areas that were devastated by the fast-moving flames, are telling authorities that they never received an alert on their cell phones or landlines before being forced to flee their homes just minutes ahead of the fires.

Authorities have acknowledged that some residents didn’t receive the alerts, and in Sonoma County, authorities chose not to send out a mass alert because only a portion of residents were affected.

Central Oregon Daily’s Austin Reed looks at the emergency alerts that went out when the fires began.

California Fires Force Bend Woman Back to Central Oregon

The wildfires that created the smoke in Central Oregon today is coming from Northern California where thousands of residents have evacuated their homes to escape more than dozen out-of-control wildfires.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton spoke with a Bend woman today who owns a business in the fire zone and just left wine country to return to Central Oregon.