REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Fire crews were on standby overnight, as a propane tank burned off its fuel at Eagle Crest. The manager at the resort’s restaurant noticed a smell of gas while closing up, Monday night. Northern Energy Propane responded and discovered snow and ice had damaged the gauge on a buried 800-gallon tank.
They determined the safest way to initiate repairs would be to burn off the propane by a process known as flaring. The tank was nearly full and fire crews supervised the operation.
Roads closed around the "Niblick and Greens" restaurant and flames reached an estimated 20-feet high.
11 a.m. UPDATE: Redmond Fire reports the process has been slowed by the weather and instead of an 8-hour burn, the flaring is expected to take another 24-48 hours.