“Junk the Juniper” campaign celebrates National Community Preparedness Day on May 4, 2024

Your Firewise Committee has organized TWO activities to reduce the wildfire threat in our community, supported with a small Deschutes County Fuel Reduction grant.

Junk the (WILD) Juniper event (May 4, 8:30 am – noon) asks our community-minded Tollgate volunteers to sign up for a Saturday morning, May 4 “work party”. Join your neighbors to remove the numerous, highly flammable small juniper seedlings from the common area property that are thriving under the fire-resilient ponderosa trees. We’ll thank our volunteers by offering a free lunch at noon in the Rec Hall.

Sign up and select your work zone here!

Firewise Resource Fair  1-4 pm May 4, the Rec Hall will be staffed with knowledgable volunteers ready to share Firewise information, new Tollgate evacuation maps, discuss noxious weeds, insurance information and strategies for home hardening.

Junk the (ORNAMENTAL) Juniper kicks off May 30 through June 6 and encourages homeowners to remove ornamental junipers from around their homes. Roadside pick up and disposal of your juniper debris will be provided by Firewise volunteers. Learn more about the fire risk from junipers.

How likely is your home to burn?

If you have a wood deck, a solid wood fence, wood or aged siding and/or juniper bushes close to your home, then you will want to watch this 7 minute video! It’s an unforgettable illustration of the importance of hardening your home and creating defensible space.

Trouble playing the video? Click here to watch

Fire Evacuation

Download Tollgate map with Fire Exit and evacuation information (pdf)

Firewise Home Resources

Firewise Community Resources

Please take time to review the following information regarding wildfire prevention, Fire Alert and Evacuation procedures, burning regulations, fire exit locations and Red Cross Family Disaster Plan.

Tollgate Dump Trailer and Debris Dumpster

DUMP TRAILER (recently outfitted with a handy ramp for easier loading) is available for homeowners to use for pine cones, needles and seedlings removed from the common area. It’s a great way to reduce the fuel load around your property. Try inviting your neighbors and make a it into a party! Two times are offered each week, Friday 10 am to Wednesday at 8 am, and Wednesday 10 am  to Friday at 8 am. Homeowners will receive an automated reminder two days ahead of time.

Sign up for the dump trailer. You can enter info about where the maintenance staff should deliver the trailer. Staff will pick it up and take it to the dump. Tollgate will pick up the tab for the dump fee.

DEBRIS DUMPSTER: There is no charge to use the 30 yard debris dumpster by the maintenance yard. It’s emptied as needed, typically weekly. It is NOT for contractor use. Only yard debris is permitted — no trash, rocks, stumps or bags of any kind, please. If it’s full, do not leave debris on the ground or next to the dumpster.

FireFree Days at the Northwest Transfer Station on Fryear Road are scheduled for May 31 through June 8, 2024. Take advantage of this annual event to dispose of yard debris at “no charge” (FREE!).

Need a New Home Address Sign?

Many Tollgate properties sport old, faded address markers. Our Sisters Camp Sherman Fire Department can provide you with a beautiful, bright green 6″ x 13″ reflective address sign and a mounting post. They’ll even install them for you! Just mark on the location ahead of time. The cost is only $30 and includes installation. Order yours online.

Outdoor Burning in Tollgate

Please note the Tollgate’s outdoor burning regulations have changed. TPOA will no longer allow campfires, burn barrels or wood fire pits during the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department designated fire season. Gas or charcoal barbecue units or propane fire pits will be allowed.

Absolutely NO FIREWORKS are allowed in Tollgate.

Log Your Firewise Volunteer Hours

For Tollgate to maintain our Firewise certification, our residents are asked to log their volunteer hours. Firewise sites must contribute the equivalent of one hour of work for every property in the community (Tollgate has 440 lots). We can achieve this through documenting our work hours, cash spent, or in-kind services received. This data is also useful when we apply for grants.

The Importance of Defensible Space

In 1979 a forest fire swept through Tollgate destroying several homes. This video, (video courtesy of Boone Zimmerlee, Oregon Department of Forestry COD Stewardship Forester) shows why it is so important to maintain defensible space around your home.

A note from your Tollgate Firewise Committee: Look for familiar landmarks in Tollgate; what you recognize? Listen to the roar of the flames as this fire tried to devour our neighborhood. Listen closely to the expert analysis and advice offered more than four decades ago on protecting your home, your neighbors’ homes and our community.