FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update
Firefighters continue to respond to existing and new wildfires throughout Central Oregon. Approximately 6 new starts were reported today, the largest of which is Incident #377 (in table below). Crews were consistently challenged by difficult terrain, high temperatures and low relative humidity. A cold front moving through the area brought higher winds, which significantly increased fire behavior this afternoon leading to growth on most fires. A Red Flag Warning is issued for tomorrow for breezy winds and low relative humidity for much of Central and Eastern Oregon.
Bridge 99 Complex
Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9
miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.
Bear Butte 2 (formerly #318) – adjacent to Jefferson Creek
and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.
Bridge 99 fire continues to move north/northeast.
Fire activity is expected to continue in that direction and is tending to
increase in the late afternoon and evening.
EVACUATIONS in place: Level 3 from Allen
Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (Metolius Arm) and Level 2 for Three
Rivers Subdivision. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is managing the
evacuations. Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford, Monty
and Perry South campgrounds are closed. People going to the area
may experience additional closures in the area with fire activity and traffic
New Closure Order for the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
is in place. New closures are the Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1),
Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail
(#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trail and south
of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area.
Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).
Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy
Crews expect to begin night time burnout operations to
secure the southern containment line for the fire.
Fire Information Phone #: 541-462-3140
Hwy 26 remains closed from mile post 50 to 56 due to
the wildfire and the potential of burned trees landing on the highway.
Please check ODOT’s Tripcheck for updates. A Level III evacuation order
remains in place for the Marks Creek area and Level II for West Branch Road.
Pine Creek Complex
Pine Creek Fire
Jack Knife Fire
Black Rock Fire
#364/#368 – 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim
Jack Knife- Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman
County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.
Black Rock – 3 miles NW of Clarno
A Type II Rocky Mountain Team will assume command of
this fire at 0600 tomorrow morning. High temperatures and afternoon
winds caused active fire behavior on all fires within this complex this
afternoon. Incident 364 and 368 have burned together. Wheeler County Sheriff
Dept. issued Level II Evacuation Orders for scattered homes in the Brush
Creek area near Twickenham.
The Jack Knife Fire is now burning on both sides of the
John Day River and has been added to the Pine Creek Complex.The river
remains open; however,people recreating on the John Day River
should be aware that helicopters may be working in the area and dipping into
the river and use appropriate caution.
BLM assumed command of the fire today. Fire was
previously burning on unprotected private lands.
In the North Fork Wilderness Study Area 17 miles east of
Firefighters continue to engage the fire today.
(Formerly the Bonneview Ranch Fire (297)
3 miles NE of Post.
Private and Prineville BLM
Good progress being made on the fire today.
12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.
Warm Springs Reservation
Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the
fire. Resources from the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and
the BIA are working on the fire. Burlington-Northern has provided a
firefighting unit that accesses fires via rail.
The BLM has CLOSED the Lower Deschutes River to all
day and overnight use from Trout Creek to Long Bend due to the fire.
Ward Canyon(formerly #347)
8 miles west of Antelope
Estimated at 1,500 acres
Fire was reported 7/14/2014 at 9:14 a.m.
The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.
On 7/16/14, the fire made a run to the west and moved across Highway 97 and
is backing toward the Lower Deschutes River.
Private – Ash Butte Rangeland Protection
Association/Oregon Dept. of Forestry
12 miles southwest of Clarno
Fire is on private land protected by the Ash Butte Rural
Fire Protection Association; Oregon Department of Forestry will provide
assistance on 7/18. As will most fires today, the fire grew quickly and
burned in grass, sagebrush and juniper.