Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Fires on the Grassland

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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 87.

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. 

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