Crook County Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a working Brush Fire at 14:22 on Tuesday afternoon June 26th. Initial reports were that the fire was burning up the hill on NE Laughlin Road in Prineville and threatening several structures. Crews arrived to find multiple homes threatened on NE Laughlin, NE Compass and NE Denton Road with one 5th wheel camp trailer fully involved in fire and a flame front directly impinging on an occupied house.
Through very quick aggressive action by firefighters from Crook County Fire and Rescue, the Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Department and engines from the US Forrest Service, BLM and State Forestry the elderly residence of the home were evacuated and the fire was diverted around the home and detached garage. Four other homes were immediately evacuated as the fire burned through the cluster of houses and up Barnes Butte.
Over 50 firefighters in fifteen engines, 1 water tender and 1 Hot Shot crew were assisted by two helicopters and 2 single engine air tankers in containing the fire to 16 acres.
This fire was truly a multiagency coordinated effort. Local, State and Federal resources happened to be stationed just blocks from where the fire started and were on scene within minutes.
Because of the firefighter’s quick aggressive action in the first several minutes of the incident damaged was limited to the loss of one 5th wheel camp trailer and moderate damage to two homes and a detached garage.
Crews will continue mopping up the fire through Wednesday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation in a cooperative effort by several Federal, State and Local agencies.
This fire is a good reminder of how quickly fire can spread this time of year. Crook County Fire and Rescue encourages all residence to have a home fire safety plan and to prepare your property for fire season by removing dry grass and combustibles vegetation from within 30 feet of your structures.