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Two Oregon Wildfires Now 80 Percent Contained

Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature.


The Two Bulls Fire that broke out midday Saturday near Tumalo, 10 miles northwest of Bend is now in mop-up and de-mob will start Thursday afternoon. Photo: Kevin Hays Salem-News.com

(BEND, Ore. ) - The 56-acre Euchre Creek fire was reported on Wednesday afternoon and is located approximately 12 miles north of Gold Beach on lands protected by the Coos Forest Protective Association.

Resources assigned: 1 engine, 3 crews, 2 airtankers, 2 helicopters, 4 water tenders and 2 bulldozers.

As of Thursday afternoon, the fire is trailed and estimated to be 80 percent contained; potential for spread is low. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two Bulls Fire:

The Two Bulls Fire that broke out midday Saturday near Tumalo, 10 miles northwest of Bend is now in mop-up and de-mob will start Thursday afternoon. Size is estimated at 6,908 acres.

Resources assigned: 3 helicopters, 46 engines, 4 bulldozers, 15 water tenders and 638 personnel are assigned to this fire.

No structures lost or damaged, 2 firefighters have received minor injuries - a cut on the leg and a reaction to a bee sting. The fire is now estimated to be 80 percent contained Estimated costs to date: $4.3 million

Investigation into Fire Cause

The Investigation Team for the Two Bulls Fire wants any information citizens can provide. Please call with any information about activity, individuals, or vehicles seen on Cascade Timberlands property in the days leading up to the fire.

The reward now totals $31,500 to anyone with information that leads to a successful conviction. Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-8477 (TIPS).

If citizens see suspicious activity or something that doesn't look right, we encourage them to report it to Deschutes County 9-1-1.

Evacuation Information

Interactive Map with current evacuation notice levels: https://maps.deschutes.org/custom/simple/index.html

This map will be updated with any change in Evacuation Notice Levels.

The Skyliners Road area outside the City of Bend, is now a Level I. This is now the only Evacuation Level Notice in effect.

Evacuation Notices are lifted for the following areas:

The Saddleback Subdivision area

The area located south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive, and north of Century Drive.

The remainder of Northwest Crossing (east of Mt. Washington Drive), and the area that includes residents north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive

There will be additional Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement patrols working this week and through the weekend.

Fire Danger

Human activity is one of the leading cause of wild land fires throughout the summer, both accidental and intentional in nature.

Here are some tips to help decrease the chances of a wildfire starting:

Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials.

Follow all burning restrictions in place in Bend and any areas you recreate, live or work.

Keep matches and lighters away from children.

If you are operating equipment, including lawn and garden equipment, ensure you watch for sparks or malfunctioning equipment.

USFS Closures

There are still US Forest Service Road Closures in place. Refer to the Two Bulls Blog for information on these closures: www.centralorfireinfo.blogsot.com

DONATIONS

The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters. On behalf of the firefighters, the teams managing the fire and Deschutes National Forest, we want to thank the public for their generosity. At this point, all of the needs of the firefighters are being met.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapter www.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation, helps the firefighter community.

Source: Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshall

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