Clean up continues as strong winds fan Bend-area brushfires, topple trees

Courtesy Steve Bryant

By TED TAYLOR
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

Fire crews on Monday continue monitoring a 211-acre bushfire that evacuated neighborhoods west of Bend near Tumalo while others in the area begin the clean-up after a wind storm toppled trees and power lines.

Those winds – the National Weather Service reported 65 mph gusts – fanned the flames on two brushfires in the area on Sunday.

One fire near Deschutes River Woods threatened structures on Cinder Butte and Apache Road, burning four lots, debris, vehicles and an outbuilding before crews got a handle on it.

Officials said it was a burn pile from Saturday that rekindled and spread on Sunday.

Evacuation notices in that area were lifted around 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, multiple neighborhoods west of Bend and north of Shevlin Park were on Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation notices as the Bull Springs Fire started to spread.

By Sunday night, some of the evacuation notices had been lifted or reduced and by Monday, all the evacuation notices had been reduced to Level 1 “Be Ready.”

The Bull Springs Fire was fully lined Monday morning and burning private, USFS and BLM managed land north of Shevlin Park near Tumalo, according to Bend Fire & Rescue Chief Bill Boos.

No homes were impacted, but two outbuildings were lost, Boos said.

No word yet on the cause of that fire.

The strong winds wreaked havoc across the region, knocking down trees, power poles and road signs.

A stretch of Highway 97 near Madras was closed for a period due to limited visibility from blowing dust.

About 7,000 Pacific Power customers were without power Sunday night after a tree knocked down a power line

You can see the outage map and get updates here. 

Central Electric reported high winds are likely to blame for knocking out power to nearly 1,000 people in Alfalfa and near Terrebonne.

In Bend’s Widgi Creek neighborhood, a giant Ponderosa fell on top of a house along the golf course.

No one was injured, but the tree significantly damaged the home.

“Falling debris actually broke the recliner (his wife) was sitting in! Thankfully, we are safe,” said Steve Bryant, the homeowner. 

 

 

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