|8/19/2013 9:22:00 AM|
Fire breaks out at Hand Lake
Firefighters responded yesterday to a new fire near Hand Lake, just south of the Mount Washington Wilderness, on the McKenzie River Ranger District.
The fire was reported Sunday afternoon by a patrol plane, which provides aerial detection for fires. The fire was approximately five acres in size; the cause is unknown.
Smoke from this new fire was visible throughout the surrounding area and could be seen along Highway 126 in the McKenzie River Corridor and Old McKenzie Pass Highway 242, as well as from communities in Central Oregon including Sisters. Visitors in the Hand Lake area and travelers on Highway 242 may also smell smoke.
A fire crew, an engine and three helicopters responded for initial attack. Additional resources were ordered to assist with suppression efforts.
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