Fire Danger is EXTREME

The Black Butte Ranch Emergency Plan will be enacted when fire officials declare the Ranch to be in a LEVEL 1 situation.  At that time, emergency info will be available on Channel 3, this webpage, email updates, etc.

There are no fires near Black Butte Ranch at this time.



As smoke continues to blanket central Oregon communities from wildfires throughout Oregon and northern California we are offering a few quick tips on how to create a cleaner air environment until air quality returns to healthy levels.

First of all, a reminder that cloth, dust and surgical masks don’t protect from the harmful particles in smoke. N95 or P100 respirators approved by NIOSH may offer protection, but they must be properly fitted and worn. They won’t work for everyone, especially children. People with heart or lung conditions should consult their doctor before wearing a respirator. With that in mind what does a property fitted and worn N95 or P100 mask really mean?

Take a look at this video to find out:  Click here to view media.

When you are at home you can improve your air quality with this simple, low cost solution, combining a furnace filter rated MERV-13 or higher and a box fan:  Click here to view media.

There are several other methods of combining multiple air filters with a box fan as well. In addition, the Oregon Health Authority provides a fact sheet on these do it yourself air filters you should be sure to read.

A longer term solution for not only this smoke season, but for future smoke seasons to come would be a portable air cleaner for your home. Here is a staring point to research air cleaners:

And, while this video was recorded just after the Memorial Day fires of 2020, it is just as relevant as if it were recorded today:  Click here to view media.

For more tips on wildfire smoke check out: or our page on smoke and your health.

Be safe… if it’s smokey, stay inside and wear an N95 type mask if you need to go out.
Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes…runny nose…aggravate heart and lung diseases…and aggravate other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors if it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.A Smoke Air Quality Advisory has been issued. Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels.  Track conditions and stay safe.

Central Oregon Air Quality Map

Central Oregon Air Quality 

This graph displays the air quality at Black Butte Ranch for the past 24 hours.   The sensor is located at the General Store.  To check on air quality in the surrounding areas, click on the map.

Contact: Central Oregon Fire Information Desk | 541-316-7711 | | Central Oregon Fire
Twitter: @CentralORFire


KTVZ Fire Alert  |  Nugget News |


Many official sources of information are using social media for timely updates.   

BBR Fire Department   |  BBR Fire Facebook

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Twitter Feed

BBR Police Department |BBR Police Facebook

Jefferson Co. Sheriff  Facebook | Deschutes Co. Sheriff Facebook

Twitter: @CentralORFire

Deschutes County Evacuation Hotline: (541) 550-4850


Central Oregon Emergency Information Network

Central Oregon Fire Information

Central Oregon Fire Information  Usually up to date fire information in our area.  |  Central Oregon Fire Twitter Feed | @COEmergencyInfo

 Text: COFIRE to 888-777 to receive wildfire and prescribed burn alerts

Current map including evacuations:

Deschutes 911 – The Deschutes Alert System (DAS) can be used to notify the public with important information during an emergency.

USFS U.S. Forest Service-Deschutes National Forest Facebook Page

Project Wildfire Evacuation Information


ODF statewide wildfire blog  | ODF  Oregon Dept. of Forestry Central Oregon Twitter Feed | ODF Oregon Department of Forestry Facebook

State of Oregon Fire and HotSpots Dashboard

InciWeb-Grandview FireInciWeb  Shows maps, size, containment and progress being made on specific fires.


Tripcheck –  Highway Closures


The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Sisters, Oregon.
  • The shelter is located at Sisters Middle School, 15200 Hwy 242 (McKenzie Highway), Sisters, OR 97759.
  • Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.
  • The Red Cross is partnering with the Pet Evacuation Team of Central Oregon to provide accommodations for evacuated pets. A representative from the Pet Evacuation Team will be on-site at the Red Cross shelter to answer questions and assist people coming to the shelter.
  • Large animals are being sheltered at the Deschutes County Fairground in Redmond.

Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Information…

Central Oregon Air Quality Network Map  |

Emergency Preparedness Things to Do

The Black Butte Ranch Emergency Plan will be enacted when fire officials declare the Ranch to be in a LEVEL 1 situation.  At that time, emergency info will be available on Channel 3, this webpage, email updates, etc.

Sign up for Deschutes County Emergency Text Alerts. You will be among the first to know the latest emergency updates and evacuation notifications. Be sure to use your Black Butte Ranch street address, and include local and cell phone numbers.

 1. TextCOFIRE” to 888-777 to receive wildfire and prescribed fire text alerts or click here.

2.  Central Oregon Emergency Information Network. (CEOIN)
SIGN UP to receive CEOIN information and alerts here.


In the event of an emergency, and the Ranch is classified as a LEVEL 1, the Black Butte Ranch Emergency Plan will go into effect.  During an emergency, we make every effort to communicate with BBR property owners. Your well being and our surrounding communities are important to us. Our priority is our homeowner, guest and employee safety, and we are monitoring the situation and in constant contact with authorities.

We will update communications via these channels as the situation changes.

  1. WEBSITE:  This Emergency Updates webpage will be the primary conduit for Ranch information. (Click the Emergency Updates link at the bottom of each BBR webpage for easy access.) This page will include links to official sources of information.
  2. EMAIL: Subscribe to the View from the Ranch email list for owners, for important news items that are sent as needed to BBR owners.
  3. VOICE MESSAGE  Emergency phone message line 541.595.1502 (Levels 2+)
  4. CHANNEL 3:  Bend Broadband Cable Channel 3 (on Ranch only) will provide info sources
  5. PHONE: Welcome Center (General Information) 541.595.1252

Should an evacuation become necessary, our BBR Police and Fire departments will work in conjunction with the Deschutes Co. Sheriff’s department, Search and Rescue and other agencies to assist.

You should also sign up for the Deschutes County Emergency Alert System

(Courtesy of Nationwide Insurance)

  1.  People and Pets (And other livestock too)
  2. Papers (Important documents)
  3. Prescriptions (Medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.)
  4. Pictures (Irreplaceable memories)
  5.  Personal Computer (Information on hard drives and disks)

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s office is in charge of evacuations.  Call  at 541-693-6911.

The Black Butte Ranch Emergency Plan will be enacted when fire officials declare the Ranch to be in a LEVEL 1 situation.  At that time, emergency info will be available on Channel 3, this webpage, email updates, etc.

Deschutes County Evacuation Levels

LEVEL 1:  means “BE READY” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2: “GET SET” to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL  3:  means”GO” evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

What’s it like at the Ranch?

The Web Cam at Black Butte Ranch looks southwest towards North Sister and Black Crater near the Lodge. Located in the heart of the Central Oregon Cascades.  The web cam sits at an elevation of 3,339 feet.  This image refreshes every 20 minutes. To view the latest image, hit Refresh. (CTL F5)