Vandevert Ranch has a continuous program of
removing fuel for forest fires from all the common areas of the ranch.
The staff is highly experienced in logging and in the maintenance of
forested areas. The ranch manager and other employees remove fallen
trees, leaves, dead or dry lower branches on trees, and scrub brush.
Homeowners are required to keep their own property free of fuel for
Vandevert Ranch is served primarily by the La Pine
Rural Fire Department. The nearest La Pine Rural Fire Protection
District station is less than one mile from the ranch. It is Station
102 at 55785 South Century Drive, La Pine. The station is equipped
with a tender that can draw water from the river as well as from the
La Pine has mutual aid agreements with the Sunriver
Service District and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The nearest Sunriver Service District
station is about 3 miles away at 57475 Abbot Dr., Sunriver.
2001 the ranch purchased a truck with a 1,500 gallon water tank to
provide quick response to brush fires. Ranch employees are available to
operate it during the hours they are on the ranch (daylight hours seven
days a week). The truck and its water are also used to keep the
dust down during fuel reduction operations.
Fire hydrants along Hashknife Road west of the
river are supplied and maintained by Sunriver Utilities. Locked
gates on the west and south borders provide emergency access and escape
routes in case of fire.