As a result of a call from the Brothers Rangeland Fire Protection Association earlier today (Wednesday), the Oregon Rocketry BOD has decided to cancel the Desert Heat launch this weekend. I apologize for the late notice, but I’m sure you all realize the gravity of the fire situation in central Oregon. We have been relying on the Brothers Fire Association for the water pumper trailer that we use, and for back-up fire protection since the BLM does not provide fire protection for private property. I have been in contact with the Brothers Association for the past week and half, but today they made a recommendation that we cancel the launch as a result of a call to the Deschutes County Fire Marshall’s Office. All BLM and forest service fire resources are already strained due to the number of active fires in central Oregon, and “they highly recommend that any unnecessary fire hazard events be curtailed and that they will make citations for negligence and bill for fire suppression costs”.

We will do our best to notify everyone of the cancelled launch. If you have planned to be central Oregon with your family, you may still use the Brothers site for camping. The port-a-potties have been serviced. However, no rockets of any kind may be flown due to the cancelled launch status. I again apologize for the late announcement, but circumstances change rapidly in what is perhaps the worst fire danger that central Oregon has faced in recent years.

Please plan to join us for the Fillible’s Folly launch in Sheridan, Oregon on September 19th and 20th. We also plan to move forward with our final launch of the season in Brothers on October 16-18. Hopefully the fire situation will have changed for the better by then.

Gary Goncher
President, Oregon Rocketry