Tumalo Falls and Forest Road 4601 Are Closed To Ensure Firefighter and Public Safety
BEND – At approximately 3:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. Initially reported at 10 acres, the Cougar Butte fire grew to the west and as of tonight it is estimated to be 125 acres.
Several engines, crews and one helicopter responded to the fire, partly burning in the scar of the Bridge Creek Fire, and it is 10% contained as of 8:00 p.m. Several crews will continue working through the night on the fire to build and secure fire lines.
A closure has been put in effect for Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls. Tumalo Falls will be closed to the public for the duration of the incident. Additionally, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision.
At 7:00 a.m., Saturday, May 27, a Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of Incident 215, led by Incident Commander Travis Moyer and Incident Commander Trainee, Mike Aizpitarte. Several resources are assigned to the fire beginning tomorrow and will include 3 wildland fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead positions managing the blaze.
US Forest Service, Bend Fire and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office resources have responded.
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