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Darlene Wildfire Update

La Pine, Ore –  Firefighters were successful last evening in completing line around the Darlene Fire using dozer lines and existing road system.

 “A great success by firefighters once again”  La Pine Rural Fire Protection Fire Chief Mike Supkis stated. He also reported that due to the wildland firefighters’ quick actions he is happy to report that there were no structures lost within the boundaries of the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District.

The 588- acre fire, based on mapping, will continue to challenge firefighters today with a red flag warning of high winds and low relative humidity forecasted for the fire area from noon today through 11pm tomorrow. Structure protection and the safety of residents in the area is a priority for firefighters and all participating agencies, including all participating rural fire protection districts, as fire weather and fuels are still a concern.

Firefighters today will be scouting for spot fires and strengthening the lines in preparation for the afternoon red flag weather moving in.  Air resources will continue to used, if needed, as well as dozers, engines, handcrews and water tenders.

A Type 2 team will in-brief this evening and will take over managing the fire beginning of shift on Thursday.

Please continue to monitor the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department website for current evacuation information: https://bit.ly/3eeTRx1.

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