News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Barn a complete loss in fire

A large glow in the distance was reported to Deschutes County 911 just after 11 p.m. on Sunday evening, January 7, by a property owner over a mile-and-a-half away from a fully involved structure fire in Stevens Canyon.

Firefighters were initially dispatched to a possible structure fire on Wilt Road in Sisters. Responding firefighters were later directed to the Ridge at Indian Ford Subdivision and finally to a group of homes off Stevens Canyon Road.

Due to the uncertain location of the fire, there was an approximate 17-minute delay in the fire crew's arrival on the scene. Upon arrival, crews found a fully-involved, two-story barn structure that had burned to the ground and was mostly consumed. A 120-gallon propane tank near the structure was audibly flowing propane to the burning structure. The tank was disconnected by fire crews.

The property owner's ring camera footage revealed the fire likely started two to three hours prior to being visible by the reporting party.

Initial property and contents loss is estimated at $300,000. There were no injuries or loss of life of people or pets.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with eight vehicles and 11 firefighters/emergency responders. Cloverdale, Black Butte Ranch Fire District, and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office also responded to the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.


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