CENTRAL OREGON – Firefighters were able to quickly respond to a new wildfire that was reported at 3:37 p.m. on the Deschutes National Forest. The Paulina fire, burning near Forest Road 9735, 7 miles northeast of La Pine, is now 50 acres and 10 percent contained.
A Level 1 evacuation notice was issued for campgrounds along lower Paulina Lake Road including McKay Crossing, Ogden Group and Prairie campgrounds. The only road closure associated with this fire is Forest Road 9735, which is closed to all traffic except fire personnel.
Numerous aerial resources including two CL-415s (also known as “scoopers), two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS), and one helicopter worked the fire today, aided by two bulldozers, seven engines that worked the blaze through the afternoon and into the evening. A local Type 3 team took command of the fire late this afternoon and made great progress even while being challenged by gusty winds.
Firefighters will continue constructing containment lines tomorrow and will work to secure them with the help of two additional 20-person crews.
The cause is undetermined at this time.
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