Public Safety — Deployed to help protect homes, crews returned last week from service

The Two Bulls fire west of Bend spans 6,908 acres and involved fire crews from all around the region. Initially, this included a team from Yamhill County.

“They returned on Tuesday and went down Sunday,” Newberg Division Chief Alex Haven said last week.

Haven said the crew, including two trucks from Newberg and one from Dundee, was sent to protect homes from the wildland fire.

“The reason why they’re home is the threat to the homes was taken care of,” he said.

At 90 percent containment Monday, the fire has cost $5.7 million so far. It was determined that the fire was set by unknown suspects, and a reward of $31,500 has been offered for information leading to a successful conviction of those responsible.

Haven said the local crews are typically called once a year, although with three calls last year, they seem to be happening more often.

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