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Crooked River Ranch fire personnel keep the three fires in three days small with their quick response.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - On Friday, Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue personnel mop up a small fire on Peninsula Drive, which was caused by exhaust from a weed-eater, which ignited dry grass at Crooked River Ranch.
Three fires in three days ignited at Crooked River Ranch last week.

Small blazes on July 5, 6 and 7 drew response from the Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue personnel.

On Wednesday, July 5, the largest of the three — a four-acre fire — ignited at 12250 NW Dove Road. Upon arrival, crews discovered a fast-moving, wind-driven brush fire threatening multiple residences along Northwest Dove Road and Northwest Mesa Lane. Initial attack units were able to suppress the fire before it reached homes, and eventually were assisteded by mutual aid units.

The cause was under investigation as of press time.

Ranch firefighters were assisted by Redmond Fire and Rescue, Cloverdale Fire District, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. A total of 33 firefighters were on scene.

While no injuries were reported, a resident of the area was evaluated for smoke inhalation by a CRRF&R ambulance crew. A department engine and tender remained on scene until early morning mopping up hotspots.

The following day, Thursday, July 7, a small brush fire ignited about 250 feet away from the Wednesday blaze.

At about 4:47 p.m., crews responded to the home at 12345 NW Sumpter Drive. The owners of the home were using a garden hose to keep the fire small, and CRRF&R personnel were able to douse it before it caused any damage to the home.

Sean Hartley, assistant chief, believes the Thursday incident was a "holdover fire" from the day before, stirred by the afternoon heat and breeze.

Then on Friday, shortly after noon, crews responded to a grass fire threatening a residence, and were able to knock down the blaze before it caused any damage to the home.

That fire, which was well under an acre, started when "hot exhaust from a weed-eater ignited dry grass," said Hartley. The blaze was threatening the home of the neighbor of the individual using the weed-eater. The incident occurred at 13829 SW Peninsula Drive.

"When working outdoors with gas-powered equipment, make sure to place it on a surface that will not catch fire, such as gravel or pavement," said Hartley. "Also, if you need to use gas-powered lawn equipment, we recommend not using them during the hottest time of the day."

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