Lone Pine fire burns about 1,000 acres; cause under investigation
A wildfire broke out in the Lone Pine area early Sunday afternoon, July 9.
The Lone Pine Fire began burning just before noon on the Crooked River National Grassland approximately two miles east of Gray Butte. The fire was burning primarily brush and grass when it began.
Visitors to Skull Hollow Campground, which was near the fire, were made aware of the fire, but were not evacuated. However, a portion of Lone Pine Road was closed to allow for fire traffic.
By late afternoon, the fire had burned approximately 1,000 acres, though estimates of its size varied.
Resources dispatched to the fire include three single-engine air tankers with retardant, two helicopters dropping water, 10 engines, and a water tender. By mid-afternoon the right flank of the fire had a retardant line around it, which helped with suppression efforts.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Crook County Health Department warned that people who have chronic respiratory or heart issues should avoid the area or stay inside to avoid the smoke.
Crews had made progress on the fire as of Tuesday morning, when the fire was at 40 percent containment. Resources on the fire included three 20-person hand crews, eight engines, a water tender and various overhead personnel. Aircraft currently is not being used, but was under consideration for use later in the day.
A portion of Lone Pine Road was closed to allow for fire traffic and Skull Hollow Campground was not available to campers.
Fire officials are reminding the public that they need to be aware that driving or parking on dry grass can easily start a wildfire in Central Oregon's current fuel conditions.