A conservation group says the wildfire that burned more than 10 square miles of private timberland outside Bend has not dampened its desire to buy the property.
The Two Bulls fire broke out Saturday on forest owned by Cascade Timberlands. Although it threatened hundreds of scattered rural homes west of Bend, firefighters managed to stop its spread, and on Friday it was 70 percent contained.
The Bulletin newspaper reports Deschutes Land Trust has long been interested in buying the property to create a Skyline Forest.
Executive director Brad Chalfant says the group remains interested in buying the forest to preserve it from development.
The timber company says it is not ready to talk about its plans.