20-acre fire in ‘heavy fuel’ timber burning near Crescent


A 20-acre wildfire was still burning late Thursday night about three miles north of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness in Central Oregon. 

Central Oregon Fire Info says the Tolo Mountain Fire is burning in “heavy fuel” and timber. It is being described as having “active fire behavior” and “group torching.” It’s located about three miles, as the crow flies, from the trail. It was moving north, roughly parallel to the trail.

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Personnel and equipment that have been fighting the fire include two heavy air tankers, two single-engine air tankers and a helicopter plus a five-person crew along with 10 smokejumpers and a crew from the Prineville IHC hot shots.

A dozer had started reinforcing the preliminary containment lines of retardant laid down by the air by constructing fireline on the ground as of Thursday night, according to Central Oregon Fire Info.

A 20 person Type 2 hand crew was expected to arrive Friday morning.

The cause of the fire was not immediately released.