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LA PINE, OR -- Crews continue to fight the McKay Butte Fire, northeast of La Pine. It remains at 190 acres, and as of Tuesday morning, is 20% contained.  Kassidy Kern, with the Deschutes National Forest, tells KBND News, "Getting around this fire is our number one priority. As soon as we can get that containment line all the way around the fire, then the process becomes securing that line, making it cold to the touch all around the perimeter, and so that's where you'll see some of those containment numbers go up."

 

She says firefighters are working round the clock, trying to cut the fire's fuel supply, "We've not really needed the air tankers. Fire behavior has moderated quite a bit [and] the winds and high fire danger are pretty challenging, so we have had helicopters that are working to support ground resources and cooling hot spots."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Level One (Be Ready) evacuation warnings remain in place for three nearby campgrounds. 

 

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