The Bend Fire Department reports that they are responding to a brush fire in Shevlin Park. The public is being urged to stay away. Here's the latest from Battalion Chief Dave Howe:
There is a brush fire. ¼ acre in size and growing, burning just downstream from Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park. The fire is burning in the canyon of Tumalo Creek in moderate fuels. Oregon Department of Forestry, Deschutes National Forest personnel and the Bend Fire Department are currently on scene. They are applying water to the fire and using dozers to build fire line.
We are asking people to stay away from the area. Deschutes County Deputy Sheriffs are closing Shevlin Park Road at the 3 Pines subdivision so that crews can operate more effectively and safely.
Are you in the area? Let us know what you are seeing and hearing.
Updates to follow:
According to Bend Fire, the fire was first reported by a hiker at 1:27 pm. It grew from about one-tenth of an acre to more than 10 acres within two hours.
A Stage 1 evacuation notice (essentially a heads up) has been issued for the Three Pines and Shevlin Commons subdivisions. There are scattered homes in the area, but no structures are currently involved.
The fire is on both sides of Tumalo Creek, with sparks being carried by wind. A wild land task force has been activated for additional support. The affected area in near the water intake downstream from Aspen Hall.
The fire does not yet have an official name. For now, follow #ShevlinParkFire.
Update 4:54 pm:
The fire is currently holding at about 8-10 acres, firefighters "cautiously optimistic" they can contain current size. #ShevlinParkFire