Updated: Saturday night: 11:30 PM
Homes off of Sagebrush Ln have been reduced to Level 1 (Be Ready). Residents should be aware of potential danger and ready to evacuated if needed. Residents should also monitor local media and emergency services sites for additional information, should the situation change.
Current Evacuation Levels:
Level 3 (Go Now!): All areas on the west of the 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr and residents off of Rock Island Ln.
Level 1 (Be Ready): All areas east of 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, east of Sunburst St., and residences off of Sagebrush Ln.
Red Cross has set up temporary shelter for evacuated residents at the Five Pine Conference Center at 1021 E. Desperado Road in Sisters.
Rabbit Brush Fire breaks out Saturday between Cloverdale and Fryrear
Homes and outbuildings burned fast due to dry conditions and gusty afternoon winds.
Air Drop spotter planes trailed a pathway of smoke for the following huge air tankers to follow.
Air Tankers followed the trail, dumping thousands of gallons of retardant on the east edge of the blaze.
Flying just above the tree tops the pilots flew with steady hands.
Amazing precision flying by the pilots.
Two homes were lost and a number of outbuildings were burned to the ground.
A raging wildfire struck an area off Highway 20 and Rabbit Brush Way Saturday afternnon. Cloverdale Fire first responders found the fire actively burning to the east and south. The fire grew rapidly in dry and windy conditions threatening multiple structures and spread to the east.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with Cloverdale Fire Protection District initiated Level 3 (Go Now!) Evacuation Notice in the areas south of Cascade Estates Drive, north of Hwy 20 and west of Fryrear Rd. Notifications were made via the Deschutes Alerts Mass Notification System as well as door to door notifications by deputies, Black Butte Ranch Police officers, and Oregon State Police troopers.
Multiple fire agencies responded from around Central Oregon. Several firefighting aircraft were utilized including huge jet tankers, single engine air tankers, and waterbucket helicopters.
Forward movement of the fire was stopped at around 6:30 PM and the preliminary size estimate was 130 acres. Preliminary damage assessments found two residences lost and approximately 6 outbuildings. No word yet on what caused the fire.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Five Pines Lodge in Sisters for evacuees. The Pet Evacuation Team is available to assist with animals as needed. Several local residents also assisted with transporting large animals belonging to evacuees.
Level 3 (Go Now!): All areas west of the 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, Sunburst St, Ten Peaks Ct to Rabbitbrush Way.
Level 1 (Be Ready): All areas east of 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, Sunburst St, Ten Peaks Ct to Fryrear Rd.
Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting traffic through the area on Hwy 20 with pilot cars. The highway had been closed for approximately four hours. Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when traveling through the area as fire operations will continue tonight and tomorrow.