Fire estimated at 140 acres; Tumalo Falls Day Use remains closed for public and firefighter safety
BEND – At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, firefighters responded to a fire approximately 11 miles west of Bend and north of Skyliners Road. The Cougar Butte Fire, formerly Incident #215, has been estimated at approximately 140 acres as of this morning, and remains at 10% containment. Fire crews continue to construct hand line along the eastern border of the fire, while holding the north and south portions of the fire with roads.
Several engines, crews and one helicopter responded to the fire yesterday. Resources assigned to the fire at the beginning of shift this morning included 3 wildland fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 hand crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead positions. Additional ground and air resources have been ordered and have started to arrive on scene.
The closure of Forest Road 4601 at the gate to Tumalo Falls remains in effect. Tumalo Falls will be closed to the public for the duration of the incident. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to institute a Level 1 evacuation notice for the Skyliners subdivision.
At 7:00 a.m. a Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Travis Moyer and Incident Commander Trainee, Mike Aizpitarte, assumed command of the incident.
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