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6/24/2017 8:30 p.m. New Fire on the Deschutes River Tonight

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  June 24, 2017 8:15 p.m.

New Fire on the Deschutes River Tonight

Maupin, Ore. – A new, rapidly growing fire (#326) was located on the Deschutes River, approximately 3 miles north of Maupin, at approximately 6 p.m. this evening.  The fire jumped the river within an hour and was burning on both sides of the river canyon.

At this time, the fire has grown to approximately 100 acres. Firefighting resources quickly arrived at the fire with rural fire protection arriving first followed by the Prineville Hotshots, 3 engines, a heavy helicopter and air tankers. A twenty-person hand crew also is headed to the fire this evening.  Firefighters will work to contain the sides of the fire with assistance from the helicopter while air tankers dropped retardant fire on the top of the canyon to reduce spread of the fire. 

Favorable wind conditions were helping firefighters this evening; however fires within the canyon do have high potential for growth given wind and light, dry fuels.


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