Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday morning update: Shevlin Park Fire

Crews are expected remain on scene through Friday to ensure that there are no flare ups.  Drivers are urged to use caution in the area, as there will still be some large firefighting equipment moving around the scene.

The fire, which started near the Tumalo Irrigation intake on Tumalo Creek, within the confines of Shevlin Park, burned 8-10 acres before being controlled by crews from Bend Fire, Oregon Department of Forestry, BLM and the Deschutes National Forest.  A BLM helicopter provided several water drops and a large air tanker circled the scene for about an hour before finally being released from the area.

A mutual aid task force from departments around the county were requested and dispatched.  These units patrolled through the subdivisions to the south of the fire.

During the incident, Shevlin Park Road was closed near McClain Road and three subdivisions south of the park were placed on a Level 1 Evacuation advisory.  At the height if the incident, it is estimated that 90 people were on scene, although the number was reduced to 40 overnight, after the fire was contained.

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