Posted: Sat, June 7 2014 at 10:46 PM, Updated: Wed, June 11 2014 at 5:13 PM
Update (6/11 5pm) Crews near Bend continue mop up operations on the 6,900 acre Two Bulls Fire.
The blaze is about 40 percent contained as of Wednesday night. Fire officials say chilly weather overnight and an increase in firefighting personnel have helped them get a handle on the four day old fire.
It was determined to be human caused and the reward for information leading to the suspects has risen to $14,500 dollars.
(Update 6/9 8:30am) -- The Two Bulls Fire has grown to 6,800 acres and is 5% contained. 250 homes are threatened with 50 remaining under Lever III Evacuation. As of now no structures have been lost or damaged and no injuries have been reported.
Officials say their main concern today will be to hold the lines on the southern portion of the fire and out of the City of bend's watershed. Dry weather conditions are expected for today and winds are forecasted to get gusty from the northwest at 10-18 mph in the afternoon.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Currently there are 11 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers, and 708 personnel assigned to the fire.
Deschutes County, Ore. -- Update (Sun. June 8, 9:30am) The Two Bulls fire, about 10 miles northwest of Bend, has grown to more than 6,150 acres according to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.
250 homes have been evacuated but more than 2,000 have been told to prepare to evacuate.
Over 300 firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, ORST Fire Marshall, structural departments and other cooperators/contractors have been called in to help fight the fire.
The fire is still zero percent contained.
Stay with NBC 5 News for updates.
Original (Sat. June, 7; 11pm) -- Two fast moving fires broke out just after noon on Saturday northwest of Bend. Together they have scorched at least 300 acres.
It is being called the 'Two Bulls Wildfire.'
While they are close together, they are separate fires.
Nearly 250 homes have been evacuated, while more than 1,000 have been told to be on stand by.
The red cross has set up shelter at a nearby school.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.
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