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3/19/2017 7:55:00 PM
Multiple agencies battle structure fire
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As of 7 p.m., firefighters from multiple agencies were still fighting a major structure fire on Varco road east of Sisters. Firefighters Cloverdale Fire District were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. The fire involved a large dwelling and was actively burning upon arrival of initial attack units.

Cloverdale Fire District was assisted by nine fire agencies -Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District, Black Butte Ranch Fire District, Bend Fire and Rescue, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crooked River Ranch Fire District, Sunriver Fire Department, Jefferson County Fire District, Warm Springs Fire and Safety, and Oregon Department of Forestry. Twenty-two pieces of fire apparatus and 55 firefighters responded to the scene, including 10 water tenders that shuttled water to the scene.

Assistance was also provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Black Butte Ranch Police Department.

Firefighters expect to work on the blaze through the night.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017
Article comment by: Katrina Fagan

When our neighborhood saw the smoke from the fire and then saw all the trucks from various stations we were concerned that the national forest was on fire. Our neighborhood backs up to it so it is always a concern. Hours pass and the story on KTVZ of a 17,000 sq ft house fire informed the neighborhood what was going on. We then knew the fire wasn't accessible from our neighborhood so why all the tender trucks? It turns out that the trucks where in our neighborhood to draw from our well. According to Captain Clint Weaver reporting to KTVZ "At first, fire crews had to ferry water from two fire hydrants. one about a mile away, in the Sun Mountain Water District, and another four miles away. at Camp Polk Road and Highway 126, at the Aspen Lakes Golf Course, Weaver said."
It was not an "at first" situation. The trucks were taking water from the well past night fall and as soon as dawn broke. Not one truck, numerous trucks, within an hour. So, Mr. Weaver was misleading.
I do hope The Nugget is able to report this story accurately and ask questions beyond what we have been told. You guys are good, you can do it. How can a home be built that burdens the available services? Who is going to pay for the 23 hours of fire departments not covered by the Cloverdale Fire Tax coming as far as Warm Springs? Who is going to pay for the water taken from Sun Mountain and the other sources used.
We love our neighborhood but don't want a big bill,

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