A driver swerving to miss a deer on U.S. Highway 97 in Bend on Sunday morning sparked a small brush fire that destroyed the vehicle and damaged some utility lines.
Bend Fire & Rescue crews responded around 11:30 a.m. to find a 2001 Toyota 4Runner on fire at Highway 97 and Ponderosa Street. The fire had extended to adjacent trees and brush, according to a release from Bend Fire & Rescue. Crews held the fire to about a quarter acre and the highway was briefly closed.
According to Bend Fire & Rescue, the vehicle got stuck when the driver went off the road to miss the deer, and the fire was started when vegetation and pine needles came in contact with the hot exhaust system.