BEND, OR -- The fire that broke out in Bend's Shevlin Park last week was likely human caused. A joint investigative team made up of the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Bend Fire Department, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office came to that conclusion, although they're not sure if it was intentional or accidental.
Deschutes County Emergency Services Manager Sgt. Nathan Garibay tells KBND News Thursday's fire scorched about 7.5 acres. "If you live in the urban area interface or, for that matter, in urban areas adjacent to wildland fire-prone areas, you are subject to the effects of wildland fires. Due to the fact that this was so close to town, I think it really increased concern for a large number of people; they could see the smoke, they could see the activity."
Garibay says now is the time to create "Defensible Space" around your home. Clear gutters of pine needles, reduce shrubs that could ignite nearby trees and keep debris off your deck. It's only June and fire officials fear this could be a busy, dangerous fire season.
Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office.