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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Extreme Weather in Central Oregon Sparks Wild Fire and Causes Mass Power Outages

Emergency crews have busy night ahead cleaning up

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM

click to enlarge A downed tree on the corner of Fourth Street and Norton Avenue has caused headaches for nearby businesses like Pho Viet Restaurant and local residents. - CITY OF BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • City of Bend Fire Department
  • A downed tree on the corner of Fourth Street and Norton Avenue has caused headaches for nearby businesses like Pho Viet Restaurant and local residents.
You may have noticed the constant stream of fire sirens this afternoon in Bend. That’s because the Bend Fire Department responded to at least 17 calls in a span of just over two hours from late morning until mid-afternoon.

City of Bend Battalion Chief, Dave Howe wrote that there were at least eight calls for downed power lines and as of 5pm, parts of Northeast Third Street, including restaurants and businesses along the corridor were still experiencing power loss.



An eight acre wind-driven field fire raged as an old brush fire spread from its embers for a previous burn pile. Four engines responded to control the blaze, though no damage was reported. A severe weather alert for Central Oregon and those areas above 2,000 feet is still in place with wind gusts potentially reaching 50 mph.

Howe wrote, “Bend Fire would like to remind people to avoid driving into areas where there are down power lines. It is very hazardous, and cars driving through the work area can distract and endanger workers who are trying to make repairs. If you see barricades blocking a street, please find another way to go.”
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