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Tolo Mountain Fire Burns 36 Acres

CRESCENT RANGER DISTRICT, OR -- Wildland fire crews are working a new incident in the Crescent Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest, about three miles north of Cappy Mountain and six miles west of the Two Rivers subdivision. As of Friday morning, the Tolo Mountain Fire was estimated at 36 acres, burning in heavy timber. It's 0% contained. 

Ten smokejumpers initially responded to the fire Thursday morning and were joined by the Prineville Interagency Hotshots, two engines, a 5 person hand crew and a dozer. Air tankers also supported suppression efforts along with a heavy helicopter that is using Crescent Lake as a water dip site.

Firefighters worked into the night constructing containment lines where lines of retardant had been laid down by the multipole air tankers working the blaze. Firefighters have containment lines around most of the fire that was spotting in multiple places Thursday in heavy fuels and high temperatures. Friday, crews will hold and begin to secure those lines while monitoring and searching for additional spot fires.

A 20-person Type 2 handcrew will join firefighting efforts today and aircraft is available if needed to support ground-based firefighting efforts. There are no closures related to the fire and the Pacific Crest Trail (approximately 2.5-3 miles from the fire) remains unaffected at this time.

For up-to-date information on Central Oregon fires, visit centraloregonfire.org  or twitter.com/CentralORFire


Story updated to reflect new acreage information released Friday morning from fire managers. Previous versions of this story said the fire was 25 acres, but more accurate mapping determined it's actually 36 acres. 

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