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Grass Fire Closes Hwy 26 Near Warm Springs



Highway 26 was briefly closed today due to a grass fire that started east of the Rainbow Market near the Deschutes River.


Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins says the fire is potentially human-caused. A camper may have passed out near his campfire and was pulled to safety by a friend who took him to St. Charles Madras for burns. Adkins says this fire may have spread, causing the grass fire to start.


The fire was reported shortly before 3 pm, and task forces were mobilized by 3:30. It was finally held at the top of the rim by fire personnel.


The fire is still being actively fought by fire personnel and local farmers, and mutual aid fire units from Jefferson and Deschutes Counties are still arriving, not only to fight the grass fire, but also to protect structures, if necessary.


No evacuation notices are anticipated except for Mecca Flats Campground that has been closed by BLM.


Residents have been notified. Adkins says there is no threat to homes or buildings at this time.


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