BEND, Ore. – Two fast-moving forest fires were burning around 6,100 acres north of Bend, causing homes to be evacuated Sunday as around 300 firefighters fought the blazes.
A media source reports fire lookout called in the fires around 12:45 p.m. Saturday and they had not fully grown together Sunday, although they skyrocketed in size.
The fires, together named the Two Bulls Fire, grew to 6,180 acres overnight. They were still at zero percent containment Sunday morning.
The Saddleback area was evacuated Saturday afternoon and the Johnson Ridge subdivision was evacuated Sunday, bringing the total number of evacuations to around 250. Several roads were also closed due to the fire.
Around 2,000 people were put on evacuation alert Sunday as fires raged near the city.
“The Cascade Middle School has been designated as an emergency shelter coordinated by the local Red Cross,” said Captain Shane Nelson of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. “The Deschutes County Fairgrounds has been designated as a livestock shelter for those needing a place to keep livestock.”
Residents could see huge plumes of smoke rising dangerously close to houses and popular recreation areas Sunday.