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6/8/2014 8:46:00 AM
Sisters getting smoke from Two Bulls fire

Sisters is experiencing some impact from heavy smoke generated by the Two Bulls fire, which blew up yesterday to cover more than 6,000 acres, threatening homes on Bend's west side.

More than 300 firefighters worked overnight on the fire. Active fire continued throughout the night, prompting an additional evacuation of the Johnson Ridge subdivision.

Approximately 2,000 additional homes are in an area considered threatened. Deschutes County Sheriff Department has notified residents in areas south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive and north of Century Drive to be prepared to evacuate if the fire continues to grow in their direction. Suppression efforts will focus on structural protection in these areas, establishing containment lines, and keeping the fire from moving south and east. Additional suppression efforts will focus on the west flank of the fire, located closest to the City of Bend watershed.

The fire is now 6,180 acres and remains uncontained.

The two fires were reported by Black Butte Lookout at 12:48 yesterday afternoon. The fires are burning in a mix of Deschutes National Forest and private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Although the fires haven't burned completely together, they are being managed as one incident, the Two Bulls Wildfire. The fires are staffed with 12 20-person handcrews, including the several Hotshot crews, 13 engines, 2 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 7 dozers, and several water-tenders, along with miscellaneous additional overhead personnel.

The fire is burning in a mix of ponderosa pine, brush and grass. Increasing temperatures and afternoon winds are expected to challenge firefighters and potentially cause an escalation in fire behavior.

The fire is currently under command of a Type III Incident Management Team, and an Oregon Department of Forestry Type II Incident Management Team will assume command of the fires later this morning.



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