Just before 5pm Tuesday, firefighters were dispatched to the report of a brush fire on NW Panorama View. Original reports were that about 20 trees were fully engulfed and the fire was spreading quickly toward some homes.
When units arrived on scene, firefighters discovered that the fire had spread rapidly and threatened several residences. The evacuation level was immediately set to level III and people were asked to leave their homes. In slightly less than an hour firefighters contained the blaze enabling law enforcement to allow residents to return to their homes. Meanwhile fire crews are working through the night to douse the fire and to make sure it’s dead out.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the fire started by two juveniles playing with a lighter and lit toilet paper near some dry grass. The ensuing blaze burned about 13 acres. No homes were lost or damaged. But they were direly threatened early on.
This case is being sent to the Crook County District Attorney’s Office for review and for possible filing of charges.