'Fire could threaten Maupin': Crews responding to wildfire along Deschutes River

The Boxcar Fire near Maupin, Oregon, on June 21, 2018. (PeakForestry.com)

MAUPIN, Ore. - Firefighters are responding to a 2,000 acre wildfire that could threaten the community of Maupin on the Deschutes River.

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A helicopter was making bucket drops on the Boxcar Fire Thursday as firefighters who can rappel from helicopters responded to the scene.

Central Oregon Interagency Fire says a management team has been assigned to fire. The blaze is believed to have been started by lightning.

"Fire could threaten Maupin," fire officials said on Twitter.

Fire bosses have assigned numerous engines, one heavy air tanker, a 20-person crew, 3 helicopters and 4 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) to contain the blaze.

Oregon DOT said the highway has reopened after being closed due to the fire. | CURRENT TRAFFIC

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