Firefighters completely contained a wildfire near La Pine on Sunday night. The 168-acre Burgess Road fire was sparked by power lines knocked over by strong winds at approximately 1:50 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, crews worked all day to hold containment lines and improve control of the fire, according to a news release from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville. The blaze forced residents to evacuate from 50 homes in the Crescent Creek neighborhood in La Pine that afternoon, but they were allowed back into their homes by Saturday night.
Firefighters will continue mopping up and searching for any remaining hotspots for the next several days, according to the news release. The weather forecast for thunderstorms, hot temperatures and wind means there is still danger the Burgess Road fire could expand, or new fires could start.
Firefighters also responded to two abandoned campfires in Central Oregon over the weekend. In both cases, the flames had gone outside the fire rings and could have developed into larger blazes. Fire officials want to remind the public to make sure any campfires are completely extinguished.
— Bulletin staff report