Bend, OR

New Wildfire South of Bend Containment Lined at 64 acres

Alexandra Tsuneta

Fire has an initial line around it, at 64 acres; cause under investigation
Central Oregon Fire Management

Wildfires are ravaging Bend in a climate catastrophe and the new Swamp Wells Trail Fire is no exception. The new wildfire is burning about nine miles from Bend with the smoke plume visible for miles. Crews working through the night got an early containment line around it, officials said Monday, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

An update from KTVZ explained, "Incident 610, as it was first known, was reported shortly after 5 p.m., burning about a mile southeast of Boyd Cave near the Swamp Wells Trailhead, fire information spokeswoman Jean Nelson-Dean said. It had grown to about 40 acres about 90 minutes later and to 50 acres by 8 p.m., moving toward the southeast.

Two large air tankers, a helicopter, an initial air attack plane, three single-engine air tankers (SEAT planes), hand crews and bulldozers were sent to the scene, Nelson-Dean said, adding that the new fire had “the potential to grow rapidly.”

However, bulldozer and other crews "worked through the night," Nelson-Dean said Monday morning, "and the fire now has preliminary containment line constructed around the perimeter."

The current amount of wildfires in Oregon is unprecedented and firefighters have been pushed to their limits while working around the clock to contain said fires. Central Oregon Fire Management and Bend firefighters are asking that you act responsibly and use common sense. Don't throw cigarette butts out of your cars, light off fireworks, or have campfires.

It's of the utmost importance that we all work together to prevent wildfires.

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