Yard Debris Disposal and Burning

Tollgate knows that getting rid of pine needles, pine cones, and yard debris is a priority for homeowners. Removal of debris from your property helps tremendously in fire reduction for the upcoming spring and improves the visual aspects of our homes. With that in mind, there are many options for removal of home debris: use the dumpster Tollgate has provided for homeowners, take your debris to a County Transfer Station, or burning your debris.

Here’s some important information to remember:

If you choose to burn, you MUST apply for and follow Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department’s burn permit regulations. Go here for your permit and information.

Consider letting your neighbors know ahead of time that you’re planning to have a legal burn pile, in the event they are sensitive to smoke and take appropriate steps to mitigate the smoke.

Considering the environmental and health risks associated with debris burning, alternatives to burning are strongly encouraged within Tollgate. Here are some available options:

  • Tollgate HOA provides a FREE debris dumpster for your PERSONAL PROPERTY debris right here in Tollgate near the maintenance building. (No large stumps or branches and no bags permitted)

  • Tollgate HOA provides a FREE debris trailer for COMMON AREA clean up: The Tollgate dump trailer is available to use to clean up the pine cone, needle and seedling buildup on the common area. The Tollgate maintenance staff will deliver, pick up and dump the contents of the trailer at no charge to you. Sign up for the Dump Trailer. (More dates will be available in the Spring)

  • The County offers low cost yard debris disposal at local collection sites. Create and maintain defensible space around your home and recycle your needles, branches, brush, shrubs and limbs for FREE during the yearly fire free weekends available late May through early June! (No sod, dirt, rock, lumber metal, trash, plastics (including plastic bags) or stumps over 12″ diameter.)

Fire Safety Fall 2022 update

What’s Happening with Firewise?

Neighbors in more than 90 properties have signed up for a variety of options, including home fire-risk assessments, training to be a volunteer home assessor, participating in the common area cleanup work, and asking for help with limbing, trimming and chipping. All of this work will help make our community more “Firewise,” so thank you to those who are pitching in! Firewise welcomes questions about the projects and looks forward to more requests for Firewise assessments or any of our other projects. Please email Firewise directly: Firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happened over the summer:

WILDFIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS: We had more than 60 requests for home assessments, which began in June. As of October, over 55 assessments have been completed. If you haven’t yet scheduled yours, please contact Firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com. Fall, winter and are great times to get started on your hardening your home in advance of next year’s fire season. While it’s great to have homeowners present during the short one hour assessment, it’s not a requirement. Second-home owners are also encouraged to have an assessment conducted. You’ll receive a thorough written report, complete with photos, with recommendations on how to make your valuable investment less prone to wildfire.

VOLUNTEER FIREWISE ASSESSORS: A dozen of your Tollgate neighbors have been trained as volunteer Firewise Assessors and are ready to help identify areas of your property that could be made safer in the event of a wildfire.

COMMON AREA CLEAN-UP: The Tollgate dump trailer is available to use to clean up the pine cone, needle and seedling buildup on the common area. The Tollgate maintenance staff will deliver, pick up and dump the contents of the trailer at no charge to you. Click on this link to sign up for the Dump Trailer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4bada92ea4fcc07-dump

TRIMMING, LIMBING AND CHIPPING (TLC): Firewise over 20 requests for this work, which was paid for by a grant secured by the Firewise committee for TPOA. The work was completed in July and August by 4 Brothers Tree Service, which has extensive experience here in Tollgate. The crews took care of all the work, including hauling the debris and running the chipper.

HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS: A bounty of useful information on how to make our homes more fire-resistant, take care of pets, plan for evacuations, etc., is available throughout the TPOA website. You’ll also find some background information on Firewise under the Fire Safety tab, so please check it out.

VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME: We would be grateful for a few more volunteers to help pull all this off! Please let us know if you can help with organizing or anything at all! Send a note to firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com and we’ll get back in touch right away. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we get all this important work underway for our community!

Firewise Human Library

As we approach another high risk wildfire season our best protection is based on what we do now. The Tollgate Firewise Committee is offering neighbors a day with the experts to gather information and the tools necessary to save our homes and our neighborhood by working together.

The Human Library will be only one part of this years’ Firewise Rally on National Firewise Day, May 7, 2022. The festival-like event kicks off on Friday, May 6, with a film on the impact of destructive wildfires, followed by the Rally on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Tollgate Commons.

The Human Library is very much like a regular library where people go to check out books. The only difference is that the “books” are all volunteers who have chosen to speak to a small group of people about their unique first hand experiences dealing with a wildfire event. This is interactive so there’s room to ask and answer questions during the 15 minute checkout period.

The Human Library will accept registrations online and at the start of the Rally
from 10:00-11:00am.

Between 11:00am-1:00pm you may check out up to all four different wildfire related stories on a preregistration basis. (No dropins to disrupt the story flow).

Each story will be offered twice an hour, if enrollment warrants it, with time to do other festival activities in between. Out of respect for the storyteller’s time, the Librarian reserves the right to close later sessions if preregistration numbers don’t meet a minimum so we encourage you to reserve your “books” early.

Human Library Book Jackets:

Book Jacket for Eric Metzgear, Community Wildfire Forester
Book jacket for Janessa Wells, BLM single resource woodland firefighter
Book Jacket for Joan Hardie, Tollgate resident and Paradise Fire survivor.
Book jacket for Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Manager, deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Firewise Rally Volunteer Training

Your Tollgate Firewise Committee met today to train the fabulous volunteers (your neighbors) to help at Friday’s Movie Night – Fire In Paradise, doors open at 7:15 p.m. in the Community Room and Saturday’s Rally from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m in the Commons near the swimming pool. Firetrucks, information from insurance companies, kids activities, homeowner information on protecting your home, human “library” – stories about wildfire experiences. Don’t miss out on this great event.

More about the movie here.

Firewise Movie Showing

It’s scary, actually, but we can use that frightening vision to inspire our own Firewise preparation. That’s why you are invited to join our neighbors on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tollgate Community Room for a free screening of “Fire in Paradise,” the story of a small town in California that erupted in flames on Nov. 8, 2018.

What would a massive, roaring, incredibly fast-moving fire look like as it is bearing down on Tollgate?

Doors open at 7:15 p.m., so come early for popcorn (offered in individual pop-on-demand bags) and claim a seat and a free soft drink. (Families are welcome, but be aware that some images may be disturbing to young children.)

“Fire in Paradise” sets the stage for the Firewise Rally on the Village Green the next day, Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the rally, you will have an opportunity to hear a Paradise survivor share her story as part of the Human Library event. More on the Human Library here: https://tollgatepropertyowners.com/firewise-human-library/

Firewise Kickoff and Rally

Friday, May 6 | 7:30 pm | Community Room

Film showing of fire safe documentary.

Saturday, May 7 | 10:00 am – 2 pm | Common area near office and pool

  • Firewise information: protecting your home and your neighborhood
  • Home insurance agents
  • Activities for kids
  • Vendors who specialize in fire mitigation products and services
  • Sisters Camp Sherman Fire Department representatives and equipment
  • Evacuation preparedness information Deschutes County Sherriff
  • Stories from our own neighbors and others who’ve experience wildfires firsthand
  • Sign up to have your trees and bushes trimmed
  • Volunteer to help your neighbors
  • Human Library Sessions



Jane Killefer, Firewise Chair – 503-580-0618

Leah Tolle | 541-549-7962 | manager@tollgatepropertyowners.com

Logos for NFPA and Firewise USA

Firewise Rally ’22

A Firewise rally is planned for May 6-7, featuring films, kid’s activities, food, and information booths staffed by local home insurance agents and vendors who specialize in fire mitigation products and services. Homeowners who wish to participate in our first clean-up day will have a chance to register, so plan to join us!

More details to come in the next few weeks!

Firewise 4 Star Rating

Due to our resident’s hard work and grants we have received, we have a Firewise 4 Star rating for our community – the highest standard. Congratulations to all!