The Owens Fire was reported about 2:45 AM today in the hills east of Hwy 35, off Pinemont Drive.
Initial reports indicated the fire was associated with a commercial logging unit, though cause and location of origin are not determined as of about 9AM.
The fire is estimated at fifty to 100 acres by Public Information Officer Stan Hinatsu, as of 9AM. Early on Wednesday morning, word is that crews have halted the forward progress and are strengthening containment lines. The burn zone is described as downed timber and slash in steep canyon terrain.
Oregon Department of Forestry is lead fire suppression, assisted by Parkdale and Wy’East Fire Districts.
No further information is available at this time.
Mosier Fire District will update as needed.