In 2008 The Three Rivers Fire Department formed a new Rural Fire Protection District. The residents felt the formation of a District was critical since our area was previously “unprotected” and is an extreme risk to fire.
This Fire District is primarily a retirement area consisting of clusters of homes and small businesses near Lake Billy Chinook in Central Oregon. It is comprised of 4 subdivisions, surrounding ranch lots and project lands co-owned by Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Over the past 3 decades, many properties owners have moved to the area and established a retirement residence. The population is for the most part retirement age residents. This growth is expected to continue as it is an unincorporated Urban Interface, very remote and very desirable.
The Rural Fire Protection District responds to a population of approximately 250 year round residents. Over 900 homes range from mobile trailers to multi-million dollar, 6000 sq. ft. homes. A popular year-round destination for camping and water sports, this area swells to over 5000 visitors on any given weekend during the summer. Our Department responds to all calls from the Cove Palisades State Park on the Deshutes arm of Lake Billy Chinook to Green Ridge which is an area of approximately 60 Sq Miles.
In May of 2012, the governing board of the fire district voted to change the name of the district to Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue.
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