Local firefighters in Bend to help protect homes from Two Bulls Fire
BEND, Ore. - Firefighters from Lane and Douglas counties have joined the over 700 people fighting the Two Bulls Fire near Bend.
Crews from Western Oregon mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act as the first major wildfire of the season continued to burn out of control.
KVAL News saw crews and engines from Springfield, Coburg and Lane Rural on the ground in Central Oregon on Monday.
Seven people from the Douglas Forest Protective Association are there, too, the agency said.
An estimated 250 homes remain in danger, with 50 homes under immediate evacuation orders.
The fire grew over the weekend, burning across 6,800 acres.
Initial firefighting efforts focused on building fire lines between the flames and homes, as well as the watershed from which the City of Bend draws its drinking water.
As of Monday, the water shed was not in immediate danger, fire officials said.
Fire bosses estimate 5 percent containment as of Monday morning.
OVer 700 people are fighting the fire, with the help of 11 helicopters, 46 engines and 11 dozers. The estimated cost to fight the fire through Monday morning was $1.23 million.
The fire started as two separate blazes reported mid-day Saturday. The two fires grew together and rapidly expanded in size, burning across tinder dry public and private forest lands.
The cause remains under investigation.
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Evacuations as of Monday morning | Interactive evacuation map
Evacuations are ranked from Level I to Level III. As a rule of thumb, the levels correspond with Ready, Set and Go.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has ordered Level III "Go!" Evacuation Notices for about 50 homes in the Skyliners Road area outside of the City of Bend.
Level II "Set" Evacuation Notices are in effect for the area south of Shevlin Park, west of Mount Washington, and north of Century Drive. That includes the Saddleback Subdivision on both sides of Johnson Road. This area was at Level III on Sunday.
Level I Evacuation Notices have been issued for the Northwest Crossing subdivsion east of Mount Washington Drive), as well as residents in the area norrth of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington Drive.
Displaced residents in need of a place to stay or other resources are encouraged to report to the American Red Cross shelter located at High Desert Middle School located at 61111 27th Street. Red Cross information can also be obtained by calling 541-382-2142.
A livestock shelter has been opened at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Ore.