Grandview Fire crosses 2,000 acres southwest of Culver, causing large evacuations
(Update: new fire estimate, details)
Fire near La Pine stopped, bordered by 54 acres
CULVER, Ore. (KTVZ) – A wildfire started on Sunday afternoon about 10 miles southwest of Culver and rushed south, reaching about 2,000 acres by midnight after erecting a plume of smoke visible for many miles as engine crews and tankers rushed to fight it. A growing area of Jefferson and Deschutes counties was placed under evacuation order before dark, and the very active shone well after dark as crews worked through the night.
Meanwhile, a fire east of La Pine was stopped as it was actively burning in hot, dry weather and was surrounded by a bulldozer line on 54 acres. Authorities therefore filed a Level 1 “Be Prepared” evacuation notice for Newberry Estates on Sunday evening.
Incident 558, named Grandview Fire, was reported around 1:30 p.m. in the Grandview area of Jefferson County, burning on the Crooked River National Prairie and private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, in west of Crooked River Ranch and south of the Trois Rivières Recreation Area.
The blaze spread rapidly through the grass and juniper trees, as single-engine tankers (SEATs) and large tank planes dropped numerous charges of retarder until nightfall as the blaze was spreading south-southwest, ODF spokeswoman Christie Shaw said.
Late Sunday night, the blaze was estimated at 2,000 acres, with 0% containment. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Jefferson County Sheriff Marc Heckathorn said properties along Geneva Road and Tye Flat were on a Level 3 Evacuation Order (GO NOW) and residents were evacuated in late afternoon. Other areas to the south were under Level 1 (GET READY) or Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation alerts – to view a map visit the interactive page here: https://arcg.is/CCvT5
Wilt Road and Geneva Road between Sisters and Three Rivers have been closed, he said.
As the fire continued to spread south-southwest, areas that were under Level 2 evacuation alert south of the Jefferson County line were raised to Level 3 (Go Now) shortly before 20 hours. Evacuation levels in the south, in Deschutes County, have also been revised.
At around 9 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office issued Level 3 (Go Now) evacuation orders for all areas north of 17830 Mountain View Drive and homes at the north end of Holmes Road. Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation advisories have been issued for the Squaw Creek Canyon Subdivision.
Busy structural protection task forces could be heard on scanners, working to prepare properties, evacuate residents and identify assembly areas and “safe areas”, in case the ongoing fire prompts them. to use them for the safety of firefighters.
American Red Cross volunteers were helping Deschutes County establish a temporary evacuation point at Sisters High School for those affected by the fire. “Anyone who needs help can just come forward,” the organization said.
Crooked River Ranch, Trois Rivières. Camp Sherman and Cove Palisades State Park “are not subject to any evacuation orders and are open,” Heckathorn said Sunday afternoon.
Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue told residents via Facebook that while the smoke was very visible from the blaze west of the ranch and north of Sisters, it does not threaten the ranch.
Shaw said the fire started near the location of the Geneva and Geneva 2 fires several years ago. “We have had many fires in this region,” she said.
Meanwhile, in the La Pine area, Incident 559, named Newberry Fire, broke out on Sunday afternoon, south of Rosland Road, near Finley Butte.
Shaw said he had reached over 10 acres by late afternoon with groups of trees set on fire, but a bulldozer line was around the 54-acre blaze before dark. Air resources were directed towards the two fires from nearby dispatch centers.
A Level 1 (Be Prepared) Evacuation Advisory was issued for the Newberry Estates Subdivision due to the Newberry Fire, but was abandoned shortly before dark.
Crews, bulldozers, water supply vessels and forest engines worked to contain this fire, with air support. Shaw said firefighters would be working on Monday to secure the fire lines and begin the cleanup.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has advised residents to be aware of the danger and monitor websites for information.
With increased fire activity, now is a good time to make sure you’re ready to receive evacuation alerts. Jefferson County https://member.everbridge.net/892807736724035/login… Deschutes County https://deschutes.org/911/page/sign-deschutes-emergency-alerts… Crook County http://alertcrookcounty.org