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Wildfires in Deschutes County cause evacuations

Two separate fires in Deschutes County near Bend forced residents out of their homes Sunday evening.
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DESCHUTES COUNTY, Ore. — Two separate fires that were pushed by strong winds in Deschutes County caused evacuations on Sunday.

One blaze caused an immediate evacuation for anyone living west of Johnson Road from Bull Springs to Khulman Road. Also under Level 3, or immediate evacuation, was anyone living in the Saddleback Neighborhood west of Johnson Road. That includes homes south of Tumalo Reservoir Road and residents north of Bull Springs Road.

By late Sunday evening, most of those evacuations had been recalled. 

A level 1 evacuation had also been issued for all addresses east of Johnson Road in Bend. 

A second fire had created the need for a Level 3 evacuation order for residents on Cinder Butte Road in Deschutes River Woods. KTVZ in central Oregon reported that at about 7 p.m. the fire was under control and residents would be allowed to return to their homes as soon as the smoke cleared.

Anyone in need of assistance was encouraged to go to High Desert Middle School, located at 61111 SE 27th Street in Bend, where the Red Cross had set up shelter.