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

A fire that destroyed a motorhome in the area of homeless camps north of Juniper Ridge known as “Dirt World” is under investigation by Bend Fire officials. Multiple 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 a fire. The blaze was extinguished, and an investigation into the cause of the fire was initiated. According to Bend Fire Inspector/Investigator Jason Kamperman, a witness at the scene stated that the motorhome’s single occupant left before first responders arrived, leaving the cause of the fire unknown.

This marks the second fire in the general area within a short period of time. A 24-foot travel trailer on BLM property in the Juniper Ridge area went up in flames two days prior, with the cause of that fire remaining undetermined. KTVZ NewsChannel 21 encourages constructive and respectful conversation and welcomes story ideas from its audience. If you would like to share a story idea, please feel free to submit it.

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