CULVER, Ore. - Firefighters expect to fully contain a wildfire that threatened homes on the east flanks of the central Cascades by Thursday night, but smoke from smoldering vegetation could last until fall rain arrives.
The Geneva 12 started Sunday. The cause is believed to be lightning.
The fire briefly sparked evacuation of 100 homes from the nearby Three Rivers subdivision.
No homes were lost and no one was injured, but a pickup and a utility trailer were lost inside the fire perimeter, fire managers said.
The fire is located on the Crooked River National Grasslands managed by the Ochoco National Forest, private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, and lands managed by the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management.
"Smoke from fuels burning out interior to the containment lines can be expected to remain visible until weather conditions cool and bring moisture to the area later in the year," fire managers report. "Stump holes from burned out trees, snags and trees weakened from the fire, and poor visibility from wind blown fire ash are examples of hazards within the burned area. Such conditions shout 'watch out and stay out' of the burned area to the public at this time."
The fire burned over 1,300 acres about 8.5 miles west of Culver, Ore.