General Fire Program Information
Fire, fuels and aviation programs for the Forest Service and BLM are combined in Central Oregon. The program, called Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS), includes the Deschutes National Forest, the Ochoco National Forest, the Crooked River National Grassland, and the Prineville District BLM. These four units are managed cooperatively under combined leadership, with decision makers from both agencies.
The COFMS boundary (COFMS Boundary Map) has been divided into five planning units called Divisions to facilitate fire suppression and fire management activities. Although the areas work together to complete projects and suppress fires, each Division has its own Fire Management Officer (FMO), Assistant Fire Management Officers (AFMO), and staff. The five divisions are as follows:
Cascade (Map): Extends west from Redmond toward the crest of the Cascades.
Newberry (Map): Extends south from Bend toward the Deschutes/Klamath County lines and west toward the crest of the Cascades.
Crescent (Map): Covers the northern portion of Klamath County.
Rivers (Map): Covers a large portion of central Oregon, extending north from the Lake/Crook county lines to the Columbia River. Includes the Lower Deschutes and John Day Rivers.
Prairie (Map): Extends east from Prineville to the Malheur National Forest near John Day.
COFMS also partners with the Oregon Department of Forestry for fire protection. Central Oregon is also home to several National Resources such as smokejumpers, two hotshot crews, and several airtankers, as well as several Regional Resources such as rappelers and helicopters.
For more information on COFMS or for more general fire information, please follow the link to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests’ webpage. Follow the link for "Fire Information" on the right-hand side of the page to learn more about fire suppression, fire ecology, and fuels programs in Central Oregon.
Central Oregon also has a central dispatching facility that serves as a communications hub for fire and fuels operations. For more information current conditions; local, regional and national wildfires; and other topics found on the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch center webpage.