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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.

The fire remains under investigation, with no further details available as of the initial news release. 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.

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