>Fire burns 1,449 acres near CRR

   A fire that broke out on grassland between Crooked River Ranch and Culver was contained at 1,449 acres this week.
   The cause of the Alder Springs Fire, which started on Sept. 22, in the Whychus Creek drainage of the Crooked River National Grassland, remains under investigation.
   Firefighters are continuing to mop up and patrol the burn, located about five miles southwest of Culver, and two miles west of Crooked River Ranch.
   With warm weather conditions, low humidity and dry fuels, the fire spread rapidly from Thursday until Friday, when it was 40 percent contained.
   On Saturday, strong winds and volatile burning conditions caused the fire to jump the north containment line, but an aggressive response that included retardant drops and water bucket drops by airtankers and helicopters kept the fire in check.
   No structures were threatened by the fire, which burned as close as one-half mile from the Deschutes River.
   Three Rivers rural, Jefferson County and Crooked River Ranch fire departments assisted the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Forestry personnel in the firefighting effort.
   Because of continued weather changes, officials urge users of forest and grassland to use caution when using any type of permitted fire.
   Check with local offices of the USFS or BLM for current conditions.
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