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Two Bulls Fire: 55% Contained Thursday

two-bulls-fireBend, Ore. — Fire crews have passed the half-way point in containment efforts of the Two Bulls Fire, burning west of Bend.

According to the Central Oregon Fire Information Center website, the wildfire is 55% contained as of Thursday morning.

Crews say that means the fire will not grow larger that its current 6,908-acre size.

The effort has been massive and costly, with more than $4.3 million spent on the fire fight. As of Thursday 638 firefighters were working on a day shift along with 3 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers and 15 water tenders.

Most of the 250 homes once under evactuation orders have been cleared since the fire started Saturday.  The Skyliners Road area outside of Bend is now at a Level 1 evacuation notice, which means residents aren’t required to leave, but must be aware of the current fire dangers.

Portions of the Deschutes National Forest Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District that were closed because of the fire also reopened Thursday.  Those areas include the popular Phil’s Trail mountain biking area.

Meanwhile, investigators are still searching for the specific cause of the fire, which at this point has been deemed human caused.

The Multi-Agency Investigation Team announced its reward for any information on how the fire started has climbed to $31,500.

Fire officials have set up some social media pages to help keep everyone updated:

Two Bulls Fire Twitter Page

Central Oregon Fire Information Blog

Two Bulls Fire Facebook Page

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