Fire evacuees going home


Published Jun 10, 2014 at 10:51AM / Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 08:33PM

After being evacuated since Saturday due to the Two Bulls Fire the people living in 50 homes along Skyliners Road can go home tonight.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lifted the evacuation order for the homes at 8 p.m. after meeting with the team managing the fire. Residents there should still be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice, according to the Sheriff’s Office. There are now no current evacuations resulting from the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office is only allowing residents into the Skyliners Road area.

The fire is now 40 percent contained and its acreage burned stayed at the same amount — about 6,900 acres or nearly 11 square miles — throughout the day, according to an evening update from the Central Oregon Fire Information Center.

Crews have lined the entire fire, said Bill Queen, spokesman for the team managing the fire said earlier in the day.

“We are feeling better,” he said this morning.

Today, six helicopters, 77 engines, 11 bulldozers and a total of 1,018 personnel were assigned to the fire, which so far has cost $3 million.

Link Smith, a deputy incident manager for the fire, said they wouldn’t be letting firefighters go home from the fire until firelines were reinforced.

“We want to make for darn sure that (the fire) doesn’t get legs and get back up again,” he said.

The Saddleback subdivision, NorthWest Crossing, the areas south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive and north of Century Drive, and the area north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive are all now on a Level I evacuation warning, which means residents should be aware that they might have to evacuate.

In addition, investigators have determined the fires were human-caused and an investigation team of members of the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Walker Range Fire Protection Association and the Oregon Department of Forestry is seeking any information about people, activity or vehicles seen in the area in the days leading up to the fires, which was first spotted Saturday. Taylor Northwest and Cascade Timberlands are now offering a combined $4,500 for information that leads to a successful conviction.