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Fire on Lower Deschutes contained

The Gordon Butte wildfire that started last weekend along the Lower Deschutes River has been fully contained.

The fire on both sides of the river held at 3,300 acres and helicopter and hotshot crews have been released. Two engines remain to patrol the fireline.

The blaze was caused by a tipped over camp stove and investigators are working with the responsible party to learn more about the incident, according to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

Fire officials ask that campers make sure stoves are placed on secure, non-burnable surfaces, in an area cleared of vegetation, and are closely monitored at all times.

Although campfires and barbeques are prohibited this time of year, gas and propane stoves are allowed. Visitors to public lands are asked to use extra caution during the hot and summer months.

Conditions are very dry for this time of year and wildfires could easily ignite.


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