Maupin – A new, rapidly growing fire (Oak Springs Fire) was burning along the Deschutes River, approximately 3 miles north of Maupin, at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. The fire jumped the river within an hour and was burning on both sides of the river canyon.
The fire has grown to approximately 100 acres. Firefighting resources quickly arrived on scene with rural fire protection arriving first followed by the Prineville Hotshots, 3 engines, a heavy helicopter and air tankers. A twenty-person hand crew also is headed to the fire this evening.
Firefighters will continue to try to contain the sides of the fire with assistance from a helicopter while air tankers dropped fire retardant on the top of the canyon to slow down the spread of the fire.
Favorable wind conditions were helping firefighters this evening; however fires within the canyon do have high potential for growth given wind and light, dry fuels.
Highway 26 is closed from milepost 96 to 105. There are no detours.