In 2017 Oregon experienced some of the worst local forest fires in history, torching an estimated 400,000 acres of forests across the state. Locally, in Bend we watched the Mt Jefferson and Milli Fires rage while the Nash Complex Fire threatened our iconic Elk Lake Lodge. These fast moving and destructive fires have been successfully extinguished thanks to the support of air tankers, helicopters, and an army of ground teams who battled for three months to hold containment lines.
Now is your chance to explore Central Oregon’s incredible fire scarred forest by helicopter, on a 80 mile sunset flight when our mountains explode into the golden hues, and bright sunset rays that make for legendary end of day scenic helicopter flights.
Bend “Fire Sky” Sunset Flights
Each year from September through late March the sun sets lower over the Cascade Range, and for Bend residents and visitors alike the sunsets these late fall afternoons bring fill the sky with golden pink hues and candy floss atmospherics over the Cascade Range that are best experienced from the air – in a private helicopter.
The Cascades are a unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean, and we’re lucky to get to explore them with our signature helicopter tours from Bend, Oregon. In fact all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. While catching the perfect sunset is our focus on this scenic helicopter tour, we’ll also highlight the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and a wide variety of volcanic mountain terrain bathed with slanting rays of golden sun.
The Helicopter Tour
Our Cascades Fire Scar Helicopter Tours depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon and the tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, The Old Mill and the Deschutes River as well as the spectacular Cascade Range with it’s soaring volcanic peaks. The tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned green helicopters with wraparound windows. These aircraft have been designed for helicopter sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications and in cabin air-conditioning.