Darlene 3 Fire blows up to 1,700 acres southeast of La Pine, triggers evacuations, campground and area closures, power outages

(Update: Fire estimate increases to 1,700 acres, other updates)

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A wildfire broke out Tuesday afternoon near Darlene Way in southeast suburban La Pine and caused huge plumes of smoke as it traveled 1 700 acres by nightfall, prompting a call for conflagration law. hundreds of firefighters from across the region and state, GO NOW Level 3 evacuations and BE SET Level 2 alerts, public land closures and a power outage in the area.

Around 9 p.m., officials estimated the Darlene 3 Fire had grown to 1,700 acres, still with 0% containment. They said a Type 3 incident management team would take command of the fire Wednesday morning.

Central Oregon Fire Dispatch first said around 1:15 p.m. that Incident 289 was burning one mile southeast of La Pine on the east side of Darlene Way near Finley Butte Road. The fire was initially estimated at 3 to 5 acres and officials said four engines, a bulldozer, a crew and several aerial resources responded. The cause was under investigation.

As of 2:15 p.m., the fire was estimated at 15 acres and spreading northeast, with more air and ground resources ordered. Before 3 p.m., it was learned that the newly named Darlene 3 fire had grown to approximately 50 acres as the air and ground battle was fully engaged

Three task forces made up of firefighters from numerous agencies rushed to help fight the blaze as new spot fires were reported and an unconfirmed scanner reported the fire had jumped to the north side of Finley Butte Road around 2:10 p.m. The focus then shifted to stopping the fire. fire while heading toward Reed Road.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Deschutes Alert sent out a wildfire evacuation notice: “Level 3 – GO NOW! » The area covered by the evacuation notice is east of the railroad tracks, near Darlene Way and Ice Cave Road. Around 2:30 p.m., emergency officials added a Level 2 “GET SET” evacuation advisory for areas east of Highway 97 and south of Rosland Pit.

Just before 4 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office added a Level 3 “GO NOW” evacuation advisory for areas east of Highway 97, north of Reed Road, including areas off Rosland Road and Newberry Estates. You can view the latest evacuation map here.

Shortly after 6, DCSO provided this update:

Level 3 GO NOW Evacuations for areas east of Highway 97, south of Drafter Road, south of Bassett Drive to Highway 31.

BE SET Level 2 evacuations for the area east of Highway 97 to the railroad tracks, from Reed Road south to Bassett Drive.

There was a new level 3 zone map:

Darlene 3 Fire blows up to 1,700 acres southeast of La Pine, triggers evacuations, campground and area closures, power outages

They urged you to continue to visit for the most up-to-date evacuation levels.

DCSO said Tuesday evening that the American Red Cross was staffing the evacuation shelter at La Pine High School (51633 Coach Rd.) with additional support from the Deschutes County Medical Reserve Corps. The La Pine Activity Center (16450 Victory Way) is open for RV parking and has an area for pets. The La Pine Rodeo Grounds accepts livestock and pets in coordination with the Pet Evacuation Team. Bend Pet Resort (60909 SE 27th St., Bend) accepts cats and dogs and can be reached by calling 458-666-7505.

Jodi Kerr was packing up her home decor and gift shop in La Pine so she could evacuate, the Associated Press reported.

“That’s part of the risk of living in an area like this. It’s beautiful, but it’s wild,” said Kerr, the owner of Meandering Maker Mercantile.

She said it was hard to think about people who spent years building businesses and then worry about losing it all overnight.

The Forest Service said late this afternoon that McKay Crossing Campground, Prairie Campground, Ogden Group Camp and Rosland OHV Playground and associated trails in the Deschutes National Forest were being evacuation and closure.

The sheriff’s office said around 3 p.m. a temporary evacuation point was established at La Pine High School for evacuees needing support. “La Pine High School therefore canceled evening activities.

The sheriff’s office said a shelter for livestock and small animals was established at the La Pine Rodeo Grounds, with support from the Pet Evacuation Team.

Midstate Electric Cooperative told Newberry Estates residents around 3:20 p.m. that it was “highly likely” that they would have to enact a public safety power outage in the area. Twenty minutes earlier, they reported the fire was moving toward the Bonneville Power Administration substation in the area.

As of 5:30 p.m., the co-op said there was a power outage “in various areas of our service territory” — its outage map showed just over 2,000 members without power.

“We will not have an ETA on restoring power until we can safely access the substation and assess the damage,” their Facebook post said.

The Prineville District Office of Land Management also issued an emergency public land closure. The closure includes all BLM-administered lands within an area bounded by Forest Road 180 to the south, Highway 97 to the west, Paulina Lake Road to the north, and the Deschutes National Forest boundary to the east.

“This closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until conditions permit safe use of public lands.”

The name of the fire – Darlene 3 – refers to a history of wildfires in the area. In mid-July 2021, the Darlene Fire burned nearly 700 acres before being contained and destroyed two homes.

Isabella Warren headed to the fire area with others to cover the Darlene 3 fire as a team on every NewsChannel 21 Tuesday evening newscast. We will have updates online as soon as possible.

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