Firefighters quickly responded to the Paulina Lake Fire this afternoon near Highway 97 and north of Forest Road 21 on Prineville District BLM managed lands.
The fast-moving blaze was reported at 1:03 p.m. and quickly grew to several acres. Burning in timber and brush off of Forest Road 9735, several engines, one crew, and one bulldozer were assisted by numerous aerial resources including one heavy air tanker, one Type II tanker and one SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker). Firefighters on the ground were able to stop forward progress and put in containment line around the fire by early evening and will work through the night to secure the line while continuing to look for spot fires. The fire is estimated to be 48 acres and the cause is under investigation.
The public is reminded to be careful with any ignitions on public lands. Central Oregon is currently in HIGH fire danger, meaning fuels are very receptive to ignitions. If you are recreating on public lands, remember to remain diligent about ensuring all campfires are ‘dead out’ and cold to the touch when you leave them, all spark arrestors are properly installed, and trailer chains are secured.