Weekend rain aided firefighters on the Pole Creek Fire burning southwest of Sisters.
A quarter-inch of rain fell on the fire Saturday night and Sunday morning, cooling its hottest spots and allowing firefighters to corral spot fires Sunday on the northwest edge, said Bill Queen, a spokesman for Oregon Incident Management Team 4.
“It was very timely that we got the rain," he said.
A plane flew over the fire this morning, scanning its size with infrared equipment. The fire is now 26,200 acres and 65 percent contained, Queen said today.
While only a trace of rain fell Saturday night and Sunday morning on the Canyon Creek Fire, the fire five miles northwest of Camp Sherman remains at 40 acres today, said Janice Madden, spokeswoman for the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. Helicopters dropped water on the fire and air tankers dropped retardant ahead of it Sunday, stopping its spread.
The fire was first reported between 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday, she said.
Fire officials are still investigating what started the Pole Creek and Canyon Creek fires.