Reward money grows

Blaze west of Bend still 40 percent contained

The reward for information leading to a conviction of the person or people responsible for the Two Bulls Fire grew to $14,500 this morning, officials said.

Contributions from Deschutes County, Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton, the city of Bend and Taylor Northwest increased the reward started by Cascade Timberlands, which owns most of the land burned by the blaze.

“We are concerned about our citizens, and given the fact this latest fire is suspicious and human caused we need the persons responsible located and held accountable,” Blanton said in a news release.

Temperatures dropping into the 30s overnight helped the 1,100-plus firefighters keep the blaze from growing, officials said today. It remained at 6,900 acres, or nearly 11 square miles, officials said. Containment is still at 40 percent.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lifted the last of the Level III evacuation orders Tuesday night, allowing residents to return to 50 homes along Skyliners Road. The Sheriff’s Office is asking non-residents to stay out of the Skyliners neighborhood for now. The area remains under a Level II notice, which means residents should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

The Sheriff’s Office has the following areas under a Level I notice, an advisory to start preparations:

• the Saddleback Subdivision area including some evacuated homes on Johnson Road, Tyler Road and Kuhlman Road,

• the area located south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive, and north of Century Drive and

• the remainder of NorthWest Crossing, east of Mt. Washington Drive, and the area that includes residents north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive.

For more updates on the Two Bulls Fire, go to bendbulletin.com/topics/twobullsfire.

— Dylan Darling