Evacuation orders lifted as crews work to contain Stagecoach fire

LA PINE, Ore. - A human-caused wildfire that triggered evacuation orders for two neighborhoods has burned about 350 acres since it started Monday afternoon.

The Stagecoach Fire is about 10 pecent contained, fire managers said. The evacuation orders were lifted late Monday night.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Monday about 5 miles south of the Highway 97 junction with Highway 31, south of La Pine.

The fire was started by humans, but the exact cause is still under investigation, fire bosses said.
A bulldozer has put a prelimnary line around the fire.

About 65 firefighters are working to improve those lines and knock down hot spots that jump the line.

The fire is burning in lodgepole pine and brush. Humidity is low and heat is high, contributing to the tinder dry conditions.