Deschutes River Canyon fire

Bend Fire & Rescue personnel extinguish a small fire in the Deschutes River Canyon near Sunshine Way on Monday, May 24, 2021.

Bend Fire & Rescue is investigating a brush fire that started Monday evening in the Deschutes River Canyon near Sunshine Way in southwest Bend.

Fire crews responded to the small wildland fire at 6:19 p.m. and scouted the fire from the top of the canyon, the fire agency said in a press release. The fire was moving on the west side of the river at the base of the canyon.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire after guiding a hose down to the canyon, the fire department stated.

A 50-foot-by-50-foot space in the middle of the fire appeared to be a transient camp.

Another Bend fire crew arrived to help with mop up. The crew used water and foam and established a fire line around the burned area.

 

(2) comments

Smedley Doright

When one of these homeless encampments has a fire escape that burns some homes or hurts someone, it'll be squarely on the shoulders of the current city council. They have done zero to address homeless issues, focusing instead on green issues and equity issues instead of the basic needs demanded by a municipality. They need to understand they are supposed to run a city, not the world.

In any case, when there's an issue, this should have been their warning.

Gary Mendoza

a little more fallout from Bend’s failure to reduce homelessness/illegal camping

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.