Areas has no fire hydrants, so water tenders used; fire cause under investigation
CROOKED RIVER RANCH, Ore. (KTVZ) – A fire that destroyed a large shop on Crooked River Ranch Sunday afternoon was spreading to a nearby barn and shed when firefighters arrived, but crews were able to prevent major damage to those structures, and a home on the property was not damaged.
Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue was dispatched around 12:20 p.m. to the shop fire in the 15000 block of Southwest Steelhead Road, Fire Chief Sean Hartley said. The property owners were home when the fire broke out, and several callers to 911 reported the shop on fire.
When firefighters arrived, the 20-by-40-foot shop was fully involved, he said, so they performed defensive fire operations to contain the fire to the building of origin, and the barn and shed received only minor heat damage.
The rural area has no fire hydrants, so water tenders were used to supply water for firefighting operations Hartley said.
The fire was controlled in about an hour, but crews were on scene until 3:30 p.m., performing overhaul on the shop building to be sure the blaze was extinguished.
Hartley said there were no injuries, but the shop building and contents were a total loss, including several motorcycles. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
CRR Fire & Rescue sent three engines and two water tenders. Eight career and seven volunteer firefighters were on the scene.
Mutual-aid assistance was provided by Redmond Fire & Rescue, the Cloverdale Rural Fire District, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.