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Paulina Lake Fire reaches 30% containment

Incident 360 Paulina Lake Road fire Rebecca Toepfer 75
Rebecca Toepfer
A new wildfire broke out Sunday afternoon on BLM land off Paulina Lake Road
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Tracey Rohus
Smoke plume rises from Paulina Lake Fire near La Pine
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Kate Shirley
Water reflects smoke rising from Paulina Lake Fire on Sunday
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Kurtis Jay Cook
Smoke billows from new Paulina Lake Fire burning Sunday near Paulina Lake Road
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Debbie Taylor
New wildfire near Paulina Lake Road Sunday sent up plume visible over wide area
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Rachel Monson
Smoke plume still rising from Paulina Lake Fire shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday
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Michelle Sosinski
The Paulina Lake Fire, as seen from the bike paths around Sunriver
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Steve Bower
Paulina Lake Fire, seen on Riverview Drive heading east around 2:15 p.m. Sunday
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C. Oregon Interagency Dispatch
Smoke swirls among the trees in Sunday's Paulina Lake Fire

Paulina Lake Fire tackled on the ground, from the air

(Update: Containment estimate)

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Fire managers said the nearly 50-acre wildfire that broke out Sunday afternoon near Paulina Lake Road was 30% contained by Monday evening after the crews spent the day strengthening lines and doing mop-up.

Lines on the Paulina Lake Fire north of La Pine held overnight, officials said Monday morning.

"Firefighters worked well into the night cooling hot spots on the perimeter," the update said. "That work will continue today as firefighters mop-up hot spots within a few hundred feet of the fire perimeter."

The fire was reported just after 1 p.m., burning on Bureau of Land Management land east of U.S. Highway 97 and north of Paulina Lake Road (Forest Road 21).

The fast-moving fire burned in timber and brush 1-2 miles northwest of Ogden Group Camp, off Forest Road 9735, and was estimated at 15-20 acres around 3:30 p.m. in tweets from Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch.

Six engines, a bulldozer and a water tender were among initial resources called in to attack the fire, which burned near the Deschutes National Forest boundary, Forest Service spokeswoman Kassidy Kern said.

One heavy air tanker, a Type 2 tanker and a single-engine air tanker were called in to support firefighters on the ground.

Firefighters stopped forward progress of the blaze before 6:30 p.m. and had containment lines around its perimeter, officials said. The fire was estimated at 48.5 acres. Crews will work through the night to secure the perimeter and patrol for spot fires, Kern said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said there had been no evacuations.

Several other brush fires were tackled around the region on Sunday, including a small brushfire off Southwest Brookswood Boulevard in Bend that residents went after with extinguishers and rakes, and one off Ten Bar Ranch Road and Highway 20 east of Bend that burned about two acres late Sunday afternoon and was blamed on improper disposal of cigarette butts.

"Central Oregon is currently in high fire danger, meaning fuels are very receptive to ignitions," Kern said in a news release. "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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Barney Lerten

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  1. Times are stressful enough, but wildfires are a part of life here…be somewhat Bend sensitive as times are stressful for many reasons, do you really need to use words like ERUPTS as a headline to freak people out. Volcanos ERUPT wildfires burn from an ignition source, human or act of nature.

    I am in the wildfire business, this one should be knocked down quickly we hope… our local crews are amazing.

  2. What do you think would happen if us whitey gathered up our stuff and made between 700 and 750 attacks on the police in Portland in two days? The leftist haters in PDX did exactly that….ALL WEEKEND. A whole freaking HERD of racist scumbag aliens make the news….and I get my comment pulled because I called them “scumbag aliens from a democrat controlled city in a democrat state”….yet if I’m a leftist, I can say “whore” or any other number of offensive crap as long as I direct it at trump. Blacks killing each other by the dozens in two days….where’s the protests? Blacks blowing the heads off little kids….KER POP!!!!….and on to another….we don’t even here about it, and IF we do, nobody wants to bring up the fact that it’s the blacks doing it to each other….we just hear about the shooting itself. Black fella mows down “Non-binary” blacks holding a federal highway hostage…..and we hear he was in a white car

    Nobody gonna ask why the 4th Trooper wasn’t invited for Kool-Aide with Kate?

    Too much local news to report that the blacks have killed hundreds of blacks since whitey killed George Floyd?

    Too much smart-assedness for this comment to stay?

    1. You were calling the arrested people with Russian names “aliens” (illegal aliens?”) when you have no idea if they were born in this country or not. Pretty darn close to unsubstantiated criminal allegations. The rest of your hate-filled post can stay, I suppose. Unless others convince otherwise. So any criminal or anyone who does things you disagree with is an “alien”? From what planet? I don’t mind “smart ass,” it’s the stuff that could bring legal or other action against US (not you) that sometimes decides the judgment calls.

            1. The original post does not mention Trump, so we don’t really know if he is a “worshiper” or not. Yet, there is a lot of truth in that post and only the brain dead don’t see the media bias against white people in general.
              White woman call 911 on black bird watcher, national coverage with headlines pointing out races. Black teens beat up white youth yelling “black lives matter” and “death to all whites”, few lines of local coverage, no protests or riots.
              It still remains a fact that the wast majority of black are murdered by other blacks, this fact appears to be overlooked by the media.

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