BEND, OR -- Central Oregon fire officials say the thick smoke that rolled into our area Wednesday evening and overnight is from the a fire in the Willamette National Forest. Some in Bend reported a fine coating of ash on vehicles and buildings, last night, as the air quality worsened.
The Terwilliger Fire - first reported Sunday - is burning on both sides of Cougar Reservoir, along Forest Road 19, south of Highway 126. It's estimated at about 3,209 acres and is 1% contained. A number of campgrounds and trails are closed, including the Terwilliger Hot Springs recreation site.
for the latest air quality conditions.
(Updated 9:45 a.m. to reflect current acreage estimate, which more than doubled overnight.)
Photos: (top) Terwilliger Fire, courtesy USFS; (upper right) Smoky sunrise outside the KBND studios