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.
KTVZ reports a fire lookout called in the fires around 12:45 p.m. Saturday and they had not fully combined 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. Skyliners Road residents outside of Bend were also evacuated, bringing the total number of evacuations to around 190 homes.
Around 2,000 people were put on evacuation alert Sunday as fires raged near the city.
Several roads were closed due to the fire.
The Red Cross Emergency Shelter was moved from Cascade Middle School to High Desert Middle School at 61111 SE 27th Street, according to Captain Shane Nelso 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,” Nelson said.
Time-lapse video shows the fast-moving fires enveloping Bend in huge plumes of smoke.