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JASON CHANEY - A photo of the burnt hillside right behind a local home.


Residents scrambled to protect their homes, watering down their property as a wildfire spread across the hillside near Paulina Highway Wednesday afternoon.

The fire initially started at a Willowdale Road residence just south of Lincoln Road. Crook County Fire and Rescue crews responded to the blaze shortly after 4 p.m. Responding firefighters arrived to find a boat burning, the fire from which spread to the dry grass, sage brush and juniper trees on a nearby hill.

Fueled by a light wind and dry brush, the fire spread quickly, scorching the hillside, threatening multiple homes and prompting several motorists to pull off to the side of Paulina Highway and watch the blaze. Prineville Police Officer Jeff Coffman, one of the many emergency personnel who assisted during the fire, saw numerous residents watering down local properties to keep the fire from spreading into adjacent neighborhoods. The fire came within just a few feet of some homes, but did not claim any structures.

The fire, which burned an estimated 62 acres, was later brought under control by firefighters, but required 10 engines and one water tender to contain it. One ambulance also responded as did multiple Prineville police and Crook County sheriff deputies.

Crews will remain on scene mopping up throughout the evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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