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8/19/2013 11:44:00 AM
Crews battle Hand Lake fire

The Hand Lake Fire west of Sisters is now about nine acres in size.

Three hand crews, two faller modules and two helicopters are fighting the blaze, which started yesterday.

It is estimated to be 30 percent contained. There is less visible smoke from the fire than there was yesterday.

The fire broke out 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 cause is unknown.

Smoke from the 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.

Additional are available as needed to assist with suppression efforts.





Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Don Stahl

At 3:00 PM on August 18 a plume of smoke near Hand Lake became visible from Scott Mountain. The plume appeared suddenly and grew rapidly.



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