Our Mission

Neighbor helping neighbor since 1948.

The West Side Fire District shall help preserve and enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting life and property in and around the fire district by providing: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, Public Awareness Programs, Inspections and other related services. This shall be accomplished by the dedicated service of our volunteer firefighters.

Click this link for additional information: Recruitment Flyer 19 PDF

File a Burn Complaint Online: https:https://arcg.is/1mOS4z

Contact us about any questions or start the conversation if your interested in being a Volunteer : 541.386.1550


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Visit the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District Info page here. The District is responsible for the protection of 2.2 million acres of private and public forest and rangeland in 11 counties in the north-central portion of Oregon.

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We are so thankful for the work Maria Roblez did within our region. Congratulations on a well deserved retirement! A true leader and role model, we thank you for your dedication to the Fire community. May the next chapter be just as fun and rewarding!Please join the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - U.S. Forest Service in congratulating Fire Prevention Technician Maria on her retirement after serving 35 years in the U.S. Forest Service.Maria knew from a young age that she belonged outdoors. In 1987, she started working for the Forest Service as a seasonal firefighter on a Type 3 Fire Engine on the Mt. Baldy Ranger District of the Angeles National Forest, California. At the time, it was still rare for women to be working in fire and there was only one other woman on the Engine. Maria found the job to be difficult and grueling yet profoundly rewarding.In 1990, Maria moved to Oregon to work at the Mt. Hood National Forest- US Forest Service, where she advanced her career through various positions as a seasonal firefighter. After several fire seasons, she landed a permanent position as part of an Engine Crew on the Mt. Hood.Maria was promoted to Assistant Engine Boss on the Zig Zag Ranger District in 1999 and in three years she became the Engine Captain on a Type 3 Engine at Barlow Ranger District. Maria regards her time as Engine Captain as the highlight of her career. After leading the way for more than a decade as an Engine Captain, Maria transitioned to her final position as Fire Prevention Technician here in the Scenic Area in 2013. Maria was frequently spotted with Smokey Bear leading fire prevention and education programs throughout the Columbia River Gorge.“I am very lucky to have worked with so many great people over the years and grateful for being part of the wildland fire community.” ~MariaCongratulations, Maria on your stellar career. You will be sorely missed by many! ... See MoreSee Less
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Concerned about wildfires where you live? Check out the new Oregon Wildfire Risk Map to see the risk category of your property. The Oregon Department of Forestry has been working with Oregon State University to develop a new statewide wildfire risk map that assigns a risk category to every property in the state. To see your property’s risk category, learn more about the wildland-urban interface and other work under Senate Bill 762, head here: tiny.cc/orwildfireriskmap ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline photosHeading out this weekend to celebrate Independence Day?Reminder: Fireworks are illegal in all state and national forestland, parks and most other public lands. ... See MoreSee Less
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Friendly Reminder: July 1st, The Burn Ban will go into effect. ... See MoreSee Less
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Fire Season is now in effect for the Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District. ... See MoreSee Less
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Shout out to our favorite ladies! #InternationalWomensDay2022 we appreciate all of you and the hard work you do! Thank you!
Burning is allowed Sunrise until Sunset with a valid Permit.
Effective October 1st Burning will be allowed sunrise until 11am with a valid permit. Please hold off on the large piles until we receive additional rain. Thank you!