Several homes are threatened after a brush fire ignites in northeast Prineville Tuesday afternoon

HOLLY SCHOLZ/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A firefighter works to put out the fire that erupted Thursday afternoon off of Peters Road, damaging two sheds and fences.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a brush fire that threatened several homes Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m. at Northeast Peters and Yellowpine roads in northeast Prineville.

"It came within 10 or 15 feet of the houses," said Prineville Police Department Detective Brandin Noland while on the scene.

At approximately 3:09 p.m., Crook County Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the reported brush fire, said Battalion Chief Fire Marshal Russ Deboodt.

"A small brush fire of approximately a quarter acre was quickly brought under control by the crews," Deboodt said.

Damage was limited to several fences and two outbuildings, including one small shed and part of another shed. The fire burned the northeast corner of a field between Central Oregon Forklift and mini storage units.

"A concerned citizen called it in," Noland said.

"After an investigation, it was determined that the fire was unintentional and caused by equipment working in the area," Deboodt reported.

Three Crook County Fire and Rescue engines and one tender responded to the fire with a total of eight firefighters. Personnel from Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police also assisted.

"Crook County Fire and Rescue would like to remind the community that although we are experiencing cooler temperatures, there is still significant risk of fire due to low humidity and low fuel moistures," Deboodt said.

HOLLY SCHOLZ/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A brush fire came to within 10 or 15 feet of three houses Tuesday afternoon in northeast Prineville.

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