MADRAS, OR -- A brush fire reported just before noon, between Madras and Prineville, quickly grew to an estimated 1,000 acres, Sunday. The Lone Pine Fire is burning in grass and brush on the Crooked River National Grassland. A portion of Lone Pine Road was closed and visitors to Skull Hollow Campground were notified, although not evacuated.
According to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, resources battling the fire include three single-engine air tankers with retardant, two helicopters dropping water, 10 engines and a water tender. By mid-afternoon, Sunday, the right flank of the blaze had a retardant line around it, helping with suppression efforts. The cause is under investigation.
The Lone Pine Fire was one of several stretching regional fire resources, this weekend. Crews responded to a small fire off Indian Ford Road west of Sisters, early Saturday morning. It was held to about five acres. And, the 2,000-acre Ana fire is burning near Summer Lake, in Lake County, impacting travel on Highway 31, southeast of La Pine.
MONDAY 11 A.M. UPDATE: Firefighters made good progress Sunday and the Lone Pine Fire is now mapped at about 900 acres. It continues to burn in grassh, brush and some timber. A portion of Lone Pine Road was closed for fire traffic and Skull Hollow Campground, near Gray Butte, is not available to campers.
Upper photo: courtesy Julie Swinehart
Lower right: courtesy Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center