Monday, August 22, 2016

Sheridan Fire and Pine Mountain Fire now Contained!

Firecrews on the Sheridan Fire burning near Sunriver and the Pine Mountain Fire east of Bend are reporting 100 percent containment on both fires today. The acreage for both fires remains the same.

Containment doesn't mean "out" so you can expect to see engines and firefighters still working in the area, along with smoke in the interior of the fire from some of the logs or brush that may still be smoldering. It's also not unusual for an occasional pocket of unburned fuel inside the fireline to burn and put up smoke.

Some of the firefighters left the Sheridan Fire and headed to fires in Washington and eastern Oregon; others will head home, rest and be ready to go out to the next new start.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Containment Continues to Rise on Sheridan and Pine Mountain Fires

Firefighters successfully held both the Sheridan and Pine Mountain fires through the heat of the day today, and continued to improve containment lines. As of this evening, the Sheridan Fire reached 80% containment and the Pine Mountain Fire had reached 95% containment.

The Deschutes National Forest will reopen Forest Road 40 and Forest Road 45 (River Summit Road) on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. and the Besson Day Use Area will also reopen.

As a reminder, Central Oregon has had numerous human caused fires, and fire officials are asking the public to report any suspicious activity on public lands by calling the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555 or if it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 when they can do so safely.

Please remember when you head outdoors, that Central Oregon is currently in the peak of its fire season and the fire danger level is EXTREME









Forest Roads 40 and 45 Will Reopen to the Public on Monday: Area Closure around Sheridan Fire remains in effect

Forest Roads 40 and 45 Will Reopen to the Public on Monday
Area Closure around Sheridan Fire remains in effect

BEND– The Deschutes National Forest will reopen Forest Road 40 and Forest Road 45 (River Summit Road) on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. Besson Day Use Area will also reopen.

Roadside hazards related to firefighting efforts have been cleared along these main routes to allow safe passage for vehicles; however, firefighters may still be working in the area and may utilize or work on these roads. Please use caution while traveling, reduce speed and do not attempt to pass fire traffic.

As a reminder, an area closure remains in effect while firefighters strengthen containment lines on the Sheridan Fire west of Sunriver, Oregon. In addition to the area closure, Wanoga and Edison sno-parks are closed to the public while they are being used to stage firefighting personnel and equipment for the Sheridan Fire.

All roads shown in green (see attached map) remain open to the public.

As the area surrounding the fire becomes safe for public use, closures will continue to be reassessed and lifted as areas become safe for public use.

The Sheridan Fire started on August 17, 2016 about 2 miles west of Sunriver, OR and swiftly grew to 191 acres in the first 24 hours. Aggressive firefighting efforts have kept the fire within planned containment lines. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Public Urged to Report Suspicious Activity Related to Central Oregon Wildfires


Central Oregon – In the past month, Central Oregon has had numerous human caused fires. Now, Oregon State Police along with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office believe that several of those fires were intentionally started. Specific details will not be released while investigations are ongoing.

While an investigation by all cooperating agencies is in progress, we would like to urge the public to report suspicious activity on public lands by calling the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555 or if it is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Central Oregon is currently in the peak of its fire season and the fire danger level is EXTREME with very dry fuels and continued hot and dry weather in the forecast. The public is reminded that every wildfire puts our firefighters, visitors, residents and properties in danger.

In addition to the arson fires, our firefighters have responded to numerous abandoned or escaped campfires. Campfires should never be left unattended and should be cold to the touch whenever they are left. Additionally, please properly dispose of cigarette butts, park only in areas clear of vegetation, and in general use caution while working and recreating.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Firefighters Make Progress on all Three Central Oregon Wildfires

Central Ore. – Firefighters reported significant progress today on all three wildfires burning in Central Oregon:

  • Crews on Incident #516 on Tumalo Mountain across from Mount Bachelor ended the day with a report of “no smoke, no heat,” and the fire is fully contained.
  • The day shift on the Pine Mountain Fire burning east of Bend continued the work started by the night shift and held the fire at 252 acres today; the fire is now 60% contained. The Observatory and nearby campground are open.
  • Finally, fire crews on the Sheridan Fire burning near Sunriver also made gains; the Sheridan Fire remains about 200 acres and is also 60% contained. The Level 1 Evacuation for Fall River Estates and the Fall River Fish Hatchery lifted this afternoon. Fire Officials are keeping the 40, 45 and 4220 Roads closed due to the high number of hazard trees. Visitors in Sunriver trying to get to the Cascade Lakes Highway can head west from Sunriver on the 42 Road, or north from Sunriver on the 41 Road.
Much of Central Oregon is under a Red Flag Warning tomorrow for low relative humidity and increasing wind. This means that wildfires that start are very likely to spread rapidly. Low RH and wind, combined with continued warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.  Please continue to use caution when recreating out in the woods and rangelands – make sure campfires are out when someone isn’t there to watch them, dispose of cigarettes properly, and avoid parking over vegetation.

Area Closure Remains in Effect on Sheridan Fire

Wanoga and Edison Sno-parks as well as Besson Day Use Area remain closed

BEND– The Deschutes National Forest reminds the public that an area closure remains in effect for the Sheridan Fire near Sunriver, Oregon.

Forest Road 45 (River Summit Road) between Cascade Lakes Highway and the junction of Forest Road 40 and 41 is within the closure as is Forest Road 40 from the junction of Forest Road 45 and 41 and Forest Road 4040. To access the Cascade Lakes area from Sunriver the public is encouraged to use Forest Road 42 (Fall River Road).

Besson Day Use Area has been closed to all traffic at this time. Boaters wishing to use Besson as a take-out point could use the Sunriver Resort Marina as an alternative for a $5 fee. Wanoga and Edison Sno-parks remain closed as well.

All roads shown in green (see attached map) remain open to the public.
Forest Road 41 (Conklin Road) remains open, but the public is asked to use extra caution on this road as firefighting traffic will be present. Please reduce speed and do not attempt to pass vehicles while on this road.
Forest officials will work with the incident management team fighting the Sheridan Fire to reassess the area and road closures early next week. As the area surrounding the fire becomes safe for public use, closures will be lifted.
The Sheridan Fire started on August 17, 2016 about 2 miles west of Sunriver, OR and swiftly grew to 191 acres in the first 24 hours. Aggressive firefighting efforts have kept the fire within planned containment lines. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighters Now Working Multiple Fires in Central Oregon

Central Ore. – Firefighters had a late night response to a new fire that started southeast of Pine Mountain. East Butte Lookout reported the new start at 8:30 p.m. at 1-acre and by this morning, the fire had reached 300 acres. Crews worked overnight with a dozer, successfully getting dozer line around 80 percent of the fire. Firefighters will work with helicopters and Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) to secure the remaining side of the Pine Mountain Fire (Incident #518).  Additional firefighters will work to hold and improve the dozer line put in last night.

An unknown number of people were evacuated from the Pine Mountain Observatory and nearby campground last night; the fire is approximately 2 miles from the Observatory. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

Firefighters will continue mopping up the Sheridan Fire (200 acres) burning near Sunriver, Oregon, as well as Incident #516 (1 acre plus several small spot fires) on Tumalo Mountain across from Mount Bachelor. The cause of these fires remains under investigation.

Fire officials have determined that the main roads (FS 40, 45 and 4220) through the Sheridan Fire will remain closed at this time due to hazardous trees and continued heavy fire traffic. The roads will remain closed until the snags are removed and the road is safe for travel. The Deschutes River remains open between Harper’s Bridge and the Sunriver Resort Marina; however, the closure could be reinstated if helicopters need to use the spot for dipping. The Level 1 Evacuation Notice remains in effect for homes in the Fall River Estates subdivision and the Fall River Fish Hatchery.

Continued hot and dry weather will challenge firefighters working on existing fires and increase the potential for a new start to spread rapidly. Fire officials are asking everyone to use caution when recreating out in the woods and rangelands – make sure campfires are out when someone isn’t there to watch them, dispose of cigarettes properly, and avoid parking over vegetation.

Pine Mountain Fire last night