Oak Springs Fire Winding Down

The Oak Springs Fire on the Deschutes River north of Maupin is almost out.  The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center says this morning that resources were being released from the fire that began on Saturday, and those who remain on the scene are focused on mop-up and line patrol.  No containment figure for the 375-acre fire on the west side of the Deschutes River Canyon was available.  Firefighters on Saturday evening and Sunday morning worked to take advantage of favorable conditions knowing hot temperatures Sunday afternoon would bring significant drying of fuels, and those efforts seem to have paid off.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  Fire officials are reminding the public to be aware that given hot weather conditions fuels continue to dry out rapidly, and over the next couple of days the potential for lightning with little moisture makes the possibility of additional fire starts very high.

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