Bessie Butte Fire, Bend Oregon
Thank you to all the first responders who, on Sunday at around 1:00 PM were able to hold the fire lines on a wildfire that broke out near Bessie Butte. According to fire officials, the smoke plume wasd visible across the Bend area as winds pushed it to the south. A quick ground attack by fire teams enabled the fire to be encircled.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, the fire near China Hat road had burned about 50 acres in a mix of brush, grass and Ponderosa pine.
As of Monday, July 23, 2018 there were seven engines, one 20-person crew, a bulldozer, a water tender, two single-engine air tankers (SEAT planes) and an air tanker "hitting this one hard," officials said in a tweet. More crews were being called up as well.