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News Release
S Hwy 97 Vehicle and Brush Fire - 06/28/20

At 1133 hours, Bend Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at S. Hwy 97 and Ponderosa Street.  Upon arrival, the vehicle, a 2001 Toyota 4Runner, was fully involved in fire and the fire had extended to adjacent trees and brush.  Due to high winds and the dense nearby vegetation, additional units were requested, including resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry and US Forest Service.  The fire was quickly suppressed and held to approximately 1/4 acre, but utility lines nearby were damaged.  At this time, southbound Highway 97 is restricted to a single lane due to mop up operations and utility repairs with Pacific Power and Bend Broadband on scene.  Assistance was also provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Bend Police, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police.

Upon investigation, it was found that the driver of the vehicle had swerved to avoid deer in the roadway and went off the road.  The vehicle became stuck, and efforts to remove the vehicle resulted in vegetation and pine needles coming into contact with hot exhaust components and igniting.  The vehicle was a complete loss.  

Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community that conditions are very dry and it only takes a small spark to cause a major fire.  Use caution with anything that produces heat or sparks, especially when conditions are windy.  As we head into the 4th of July holiday week, especially use caution with fireworks.  Use only Oregon-legal fireworks, on a non-combustible surface such as pavement or bare dirt, and always have a bucket of water and a hose on hand.  For more information on fire safety, visit



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