South Sherman District Profile
Our district is located in Oregon, east of the Cascade Mountain Range, in Sherman County.
Since we are east of the Cascade Mountain Range, we have high winds and are susceptible to dry lightning. Sherman County is the driest county in Oregon due to the lack of precipitation and water resources, resulting in extreme wild land fire behavior.
Sherman County has various terrains, from steep canyons to rolling hills. During winter months, we experience snow, freezing fog, and freezing rain, which make for extremely hazardous driving conditions during the winter months.
Did you catch that? "The driest County in Oregon. "Extreme wild land fire behavior." Bad Summers. Bad Winters.
South Sherman now has "over 387 square miles." This does not include any pending annexations. What does "387 square miles" look like?
Here's an example...
- Portland - 145 Square Miles
- Eugene - 44 Square Miles
- Salem - 48 Square Miles
- Beaverton - 19 Square Miles
- Corvallis - 14 Square Miles
- Oregon City - 9 Square Miles
- Medford - 26 Square Miles
- Albany - 18 Square Miles
- Springfield - 16 Square Miles
- McMinnville - 11 Square Miles
- Pendleton - 14 Square Miles
- Milwaukie - 5 Square Miles
- Astoria - 10 Square Miles
Those 13 cities total 379 square miles. That's LESS than the territory South Sherman RFPD covers now, not including any annexations.
The City of Portland Fire Bureau alone has 750 employees.
South Sherman RFPD has 30 fire personnel (volunteers) which now includes the Shaniko volunteers.
If you'd like to volunteer, as we obviously would love to have you on our team, please fill out the Volunteer Application!
We will be very happy to have you help serve and protect our family, friends, farms, and county!