People throughout the Bend area are noticing a large plume of smoke southeast of Bend. Fire officials and 9-1-1 dispatchers have been fielding a lot of calls from concerned citizens- but they assure us that nothing has gone wrong with a planned prescribe burn off of China Hat Road.
1110 KBND news just spoke (Tuesday afternoon) with Heather Fisher who is physically on the scene - she says many people have been driving out to the burn - because they were worried.
"But i can understand- it's the first bit of smoke we've seen this season - it is our underburn season so it's time for prescribed burns-i'd like to let people know they probably will see more in the future. but we do have a lot of people out there (to help) and this will reduce the risk of wildfire in the future.
She says about 50 fire fighting crews and several engines are there to make sure that the planned burn goes well.
She also says that they were expecting a lot of smoke from the burn - its in dense vegetation, which is wetter than usual right now.
Fisher says they may also do another burn in that area tomorrow, Wednesday.
Bend Fire officials says emergency centers are busy taking calls from people who are seeing the smoke and are asking citizens not to call 911 dispatchers about the fire.