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La Pine, OR  -- A wildfire near LaPine on the east side of Highway 97, north of Forest Road 21 was reported about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The Paulina Lake fire grew quickly in timber and brush.  Firefighters, assisted by air tankers, were able to contain the fire by early evening. As of last night the fire was at 48 acres and the cause is still under investigation. The public is reminded to be careful with any ignitions on public lands. Central Oregon is currently in HIGH fire danger, meaning fuels are very receptive to ignitions. If you are recreating on public lands, remember to remain diligent about ensuring all campfires are ‘dead out’ and cold to the touch when you leave them, all spark arrestors are properly installed, and trailer chains are secured.

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