A fire to the southeast of Bend prompted a road closure and delays on U.S. Highway 20 on Wednesday afternoon.
Smoke from the Cinder Butte Fire, which has burned about 500 acres near Hampton, prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to close the highway in both directions between mileposts 76 and 83 at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Lisa Clark, public information officer with the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. The Oregon Department of Transportation opened one lane of the highway at about 5 p.m. using pilot cars to lead vehicles because of the smoke and congestion, according to a news release from the department.
Clark said the fire began at about 1 p.m. near Glass Buttes. She added that four air tankers, seven single-wing aircraft and five fire engines are being used to fight the fire. Because the fire is burning near the border of the Burns and Prineville districts of the Bureau of Land Management, both districts are responding to the fire.