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Bend Fire Investigates Motorhome Fire in Dirt World Homeless Camp Area


Feb 11, 2024
Motor home in ‘Dirt World’ homeless camp area north of Bend and Juniper Ridge destroyed by fire

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of a fire that destroyed a motorhome in the area of homeless camps north of Juniper Ridge known as “Dirt World”. Reports of a large smoke column were called in around 9 a.m. off Highway 97 near milepost 131, prompting a response from Bend Fire and Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies.

Upon arrival, responders found the motorhome fully involved in flames, but the blaze was extinguished before any further damage could be caused. A witness at the scene stated that the motorhome’s single occupant left before first responders arrived, leaving investigators with no concrete evidence regarding the cause of the fire.

The investigation is currently ongoing, and no further details are available as of this initial news release. This marks only one of two fires in the general area within a short period of time – just two days prior, a 24-foot travel trailer on BLM property in the Juniper Ridge area went up in flames with an undetermined cause.

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