Contact: Media Desk: 541-316-7711 Email: Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter: @CentralORfire Blog: CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com
FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: July 9, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.
New Fire on Crooked River National Grassland
Madras, Ore– A new fire (#496) is burning approximately ¾ of a mile from milepost 14 on Hwy 26 near Lone Pine Road on the Crooked River National Grassland.
The fire burning in brush and grass was reported just before noon. It has quickly grown to 150 acres and is putting up a very visible column of smoke.
Resources currently at the fire include 3 single-engine air tankers, 2 helicopters dropping water, 7 engines, and 1 water tender and other firefighters.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The public should be aware of continued drying of fuels throughout Central Oregon and the current High Fire Danger and take precautions with campfires and driving and parking on dry grass.