Two new fires are burning on the Grassland north of Madras.A 450 acre fire (#639) near milepost 87 on
Highway 97 is reported to be burning on private land at the R2 Ranch.Another fire (#638), approximately 1500 acres
in size, is burning on the Crooked River National Grassland, just south of milepost
The fires burning in brush and grass were reported around
1600.The fires are putting up very
visible columns of smoke.
Resources currently at the fires include three heavy air
tankers, two Single Engine Air Tankers, one type 3 helicopter, eight engines,
two dozers and other firefighters.
The causes of the fires are under investigation.
The public should be aware of continued drying of fuels
throughout Central Oregon and the current fire restrictions.