BEND, Ore. — A reward for any information that can be given as to how the Two Bulls fire started has increased to $31,500. An update released Thursday morning said the Two Bulls fire is now 80% contained, and more than $4.3 million has been spent on the suppression campaign.
The fire has now burned 6,908 acres near Bend. The mission to steadily increase the dead-out ring of black around the fire decreases the chance that the fire could escape, should some places inside the heart of the Two Bulls Fire rekindle during the afternoon when strong winds (gusts to 25 mph) are expected.
Resources Assigned to the Two Bulls Fire Day Shift
• 638 personnel
• 3 helicopters
• 46 engines
• 11 dozers
• 15 water tenders
Evacuation Levels: The evacuation level is now Level 1 in the Skyliners Rd, area and the Level I evacuation alert has been removed for all other residential areas that had been threatened by the Two Bulls Fire.
Closures: Tumalo Falls Road is closed to westbound traffic at Rock Springs Road, and Bull Springs Road is closed to westbound traffic at Johnson Road. Skyliners Road is closed to westbound traffic at FS 4604 (Phil’s Trailhead) except to residents of that area.
The Deschutes National Forest has instituted an area closure as a result of the Two Bulls Fire. The area encompasses Forest Roads 4601 West of Tumalo Creek, Skyline Forest, 4603, 4606, 1612, 590, 480, 113, 110, 377, 900, 1620, 1628, and 370. This area closure is bordered on the south by Cascade Lakes Highway, which remains open.
The Two Bulls Fire incident has been asked by Bend residents and surrounding communities what donations can be offered to the firefighters to demonstrate their appreciation. On behalf of the firefighters, the Incident Management Team and all the cooperators want to thank the public for their generosity. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we encourage you to consider the local Red Cross Chapterwww.redcross.org/or/bend/ways-to-donate or 541-382-2142, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org, which contributes to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. Helping the foundation helps the firefighter community.