Brush fire erupts in Juniper Canyon
A brush fire erupted in the Juniper Canyon area, initially prompting residential evacuations before it was contained roughly an hour later.
According to Crook County Fire and Rescue Chief Matt Smith, the fire, which broke out on Prineville Adventure Park property, was reported at 2:51 p.m. Sunday. The agency responded with five fire engines and one water tender.
"The fire spread to about 4 acres," he said. "We contained it around 4:03 p.m., but it took a bit to contain it."
Smith said Monday morning that firefighters would return to the scene of the blaze to complete mop-up work, and smoke was expected to linger in the area.
"There was no obvious cause, and it is still under investigation," Smith said.
Crook County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to the scene as well. Undersheriff James Savage echoed Smith that the cause of the fire is unknown, but the sheriff's office has taken a case on it.
Savage said that Level 1 evacuations were made during the fire, but it ultimately came no closer than three quarters of a mile from any residences.
"It could have been a lot worse than it was," he concluded.