All evacuations were dropped late Thursday morning nearly 24 hours after an estimated 10-acre grassland fire southwest of Redmond. At one point, several residences were under a Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation.
The fire that started around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday was attacked aggressively and forward progress was stopped, but not before some outbuildings were burned.
The cause of the fire had not been released as of Thursday morning. Nobody was injured.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office issued the evacuations for people living in the area north of SW Obsidian Ave and south of Highway 126; West of SW Helmholtz and east of SW 58th St.
“It’s pretty scary, you know, to realize you could lose everything,” said Redmond evacuee Aldan Jarms.
Jarms and his family were evaluated from their homes due to a fire west of Redmond, leaving them only a few minutes to grab what they could and leave.
“It happened so very quickly and you don’t really have time to do much and you always think of something that you left behind, which I have, but there is nothing you could do about it now,” said Jarms.
Evacuees were sent to the Highland Baptist Church .. where Red cross was waiting to assist
“I was in my salon at Helmoltz and I heard the fire trucks and the next thing I know we have the county up and down the street and I see them going to houses and I thought, man we’re in trouble,” said Jarms.
At least one barn and a chicken coop appear to be a total loss.
“We did have two out buildings, two were a total loss and one was damaged,” said Redmond Fire and Rescue Fire Marshall tom Mooney. “The important thing is, no was has been injured and we did not lose any residential structures.”
Fire personnel from Redmond, Bend, Cloverdale, Sisters, Crooked River, Sunriver and Alfalfa were called to the scene.