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Progress made in fighting fire on Lower Deschutes

Firefighters with the Prineville BLM and the North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District continue to make progress on the Gordon Butte Fire that ignited on Lower Deschutes River this weekend.

The fire is now 75 percent contained and remains at 3,300 acres. Full containment is still expected Wednesday evening. The historic Harris Ranch is no longer considered threatened. Firefighters will continue to reinforce containment lines and mop up any hotspots that could cause the fire to flare up again. Wind and weather is expected to be favorable for the next several days.

The fire was caused by a tipped over camp stove and investigators are working with the responsible party to learn more about the incident.

Although campfires and barbeques are prohibited on the river this time of year, gas and propane stoves are allowed.

Fire officials remind visitors to be sure stoves are placed on secure, non-burnable surfaces in an area cleared of vegetation, and that they are closely monitored at all times.

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