Firefighters responded to two incidents this afternoon, the first was approximately one and a half miles east of Sunriver and the other was immediately adjacent to Prineville.
Incident #477 east of Sunriver was held at ½ an acre this afternoon. Firefighters responded with two engines and two crews and were able to call the fire contained and controlled by the end of the day. The cause of this fire is under investigation.
The Barnes Butte Fire, incident #480, was under the joint command of firefighters from Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) and Crook County. The fire ignited just outside of Prineville and but was held to 16 acres with the help of 5 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 5 helicopters, 8 engines, one hand crew and one hotshot crew. Firefighters will continue mopping up around the fire perimeter, which will be monitored by Crook County through the night. The cause of this fire is under investigation.
The public is reminded to be careful with any ignitions on public lands. Central Oregon recently moved to HIGH fire danger, meaning fuels are very receptive to ignitions. If you are recreating on public lands, remember to remain diligent about ensuring all fires are ‘dead out’ and cold to the touch, all spark arrestors are properly installed, and trailer chains are secured
Ignitions are complete on the Bend-Fort Rock, Crescent & Sisters Ranger Districts’ prescribed burns. Firefighters on all burns will transition to mop-up using water and digging to cool the perimeter of the prescribed burns.
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