Monday, July 21, 2014

Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update, 7/20

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
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Prineville, OR  97754

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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  July 20, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update
YELLOW Highlight indicates changed information since the last Update

Central Oregon –Gusty wind in the afternoon on the Ochoco and Waterman Complexes made it difficult for firefighters to secure lines.   However, cooler weather and cloud cover on the Bridge 99 Fire allowed crews to have a very successful day and crews were beginning burnout operations around 6:30 p.m. to strengthen containment lines.

A new fire #412, which began from a lightning struck tree in the general area of the Ochoco Complex, grew to 3 acres ; however, initial attack crews and engines were able to respond quickly though the fire is still active.  A house fire around noon near Turner Creek in the McKay Creek area spread to public lands on the Ochoco National Forest.  Engine crews responded to the fire and it was contained to 1/3 of an acre.    

Today, the Central Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Central Oregon Fire Management Service opened a Multi-Agency Coordination Center in Prineville in response to the numerous wildfires currently burning in Central Oregon.  The Coordination Center will focus its attention on the following combination of wildfires:

1.    The Bridge 99 Complex (Bridge 99 and Bear Butte 2 Fires) located on the Deschutes National Forest north of Sisters;

2.    The Shaniko Fire, Logging Unit Fire, and the portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire located on the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation;

3.    The Waterman Complex (Bailey Butte, Toney Butte, and Junction Spring Fires) located on private land and the Ochoco National Forest west and north of Mitchell;

4.    The Pine Creek Complex (Pine Creek, Jack Knife, Black Rock Fires and Donnybrook Fires) located on Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management  and private land south of Fossil and southeast of Grass Valley;

5.    The Ochoco Complex (Oscar, Lava, Antelope, Broadway, and Fox Fires) located on the Ochoco National Forest and the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management  near Big Summit Prairie southeast of Prineville;

6.    The Sunflower Fire located on Umatilla National Forest and private land northwest on Monument; and
The principal functions and responsibilities of the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (will include the following:


Fire Name
Bridge 99 Complex
Deschutes National Forest
Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

Bear Butte 2 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

 5,310 acres TOTAL
20% contained

Bridge 99 Fire is 4, acres

Bear Butte 2 Fire is  611 acres


Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire:  or phone: 541-549-3219.

EVACUATIONS in place: All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are in a Level III Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision is in a Level II Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are in a Level I Evacuation Order.

CLOSURES:  Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersectin with Forest Road 1400/700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/118 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140 an Forest Road 1420400.  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 are closed.
Center Fire
Prineville BLM
Post-Paulina Rangeland Protection Association
3 miles NE of Post.
Private and
2,800 acres
25% contained
The fire made a run to the east yesterday causing significant growth in the fire acreage.
Logging Unit Fires
Warm Springs Reservation
Mt. Hood National Forest
Deschutes National Forest
North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire
7,328 acres
Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires currently include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2. The south side of Bear Butte 2 is being managed by the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett FIllis).

For more information on the web:

EVACUATIONS: A Level 2 Notification has been issued to the residents of the Sid Walter Flat Area.  Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification.  The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road.

CLOSURES:  On the Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Road 4220 between Forest Road 46 and Warm Springs.  Closure area near Ollalie Lakes.

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest  Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)

Ochoco Complex-
Ochoco National Forest Service
Prineville BLM

Oscar Canyon Fire
17 miles E of Post

Lava Fire
Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

Fox Fire
3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study area, near FS Road 4230.

Broadway Fire
S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

Antelope Fire
3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900
2,596 acres TOTAL

234 acres
80% contained

168 acres

7,000 Acres

50 acres

21 acres
Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires.  The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area.  The Oscar and Fox fires burned together today.

There was significant growth in the Fox Fire today with gusty winds throughout the afternoon pushing the fire to the south and east. The  Lava Fire experienced some moderate growth today, but was not as active as the Fox Fire.

Mopping up on the Broadway and Antelope fires is ongoing and the team hopes to move resources from those fires to the Fox and Lava fires in the next day or two.

CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area.

The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at:
Pine Creek Complex
Now includes:
Pine Creek Fire
Jack Knife Fire
Black Rock Fire
Donny Brook Fire

Sherman County
Oregon Department of Forestry
Prineville BLM
Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association
Private lands

Pine Creek Fire
 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

Jack Knife Fire
Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

Black Rock Fire
3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

Donny Brook Fire
11 miles SW of Antelope

129,178 acres TOTAL

29,490 acres
15% contained

13,263 acres
80% contained

34,177 acres

22,756 acres
 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires and the team took over the management of the Donny Brook fire this morning.  The team felt that they had a very good day today on the firelines and made progress on suppression activities.

EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Sheriff Dept. issued Level II Evacuation Orders for scattered homes in the Brush Creek area near Twickenham.

CLOSURES: The John Day River remains open; however, people recreating on the river should be aware that helicopters may be working in the area and dipping into the river and use appropriate caution.
Shaniko Butte
Warm Springs Reservation
12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

42,000 acre
50% containment
Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Firefighters were not able to complete their planned burnout operation today because the relative humidity was too high and horses had grazed the grass too short. The grass was cropped low and would not carry fire because it was just a little too damp, so the firefighters finally had to stop trying to ignite it. Crews used the extra time to further improve the line in preparation for later ignition, and also to more thoroughly patrol the river area and extinguish any hot spots that were discovered.

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at

EVACUATIONS:  Level 2 for all residences in the vicinity of Dant, OR and Level 1 for all residences in the vicinity of Road S-300 and in the Kaskela area.

CLOSURES: S-300/Highway 3 Junction and Redlake Cemetery Road/Highway 3 Junction.

The BLM OPENED the Lower Deschutes River today at 6 a.m. Rafters should be aware that river rangers may need to hold rafters at times to allow for water dips in the river by helicopters.
Sunflower Fire
Umatilla National Forest

10 miles NNE of Monument
5,900 acres
20% containment
The fire is burning on the south side of the Wall creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks has moved into the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainages.  Localized winds caused torching and spotting throughout the day yesterday.

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at

CLOSURES: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 22 from the junction with NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 in Section 23, T6S, R26E to the south and east to the Section 20 & Section 21 border; thence southerly along the Section 20 & Section 21 border from the NFSR 22, Section 20 & 21 border junction to the NFSR 22 where it crosses the Section 29 & Section 28; thence south westerly on NFSR 22 to the junction with NFSR 23 in Section 29, T7S, R27; thence west on NFSR 23 to the junction with NFSR 2128 in Section 25 of T7S, R26E; thence northerly on NFSR 2128 to where it intersects with the Morrow County OHV park boundary on the northwest corner of Section 2, T7S, R26E; thence easterly and northerly along the boundary of OHV park to where the OHV park boundary meets the NFSR 22 road on the boundary of Section 23 & Section 26, T6S, R26E; thence northerly to the NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 junction in Section 23, T6S, R26E.
Ward Canyon
Private lands
South Sherman County
8 miles west of Antelope
Estimated at 15,000 acres
The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.
Waterman Complex
Oregon Department of Forestry
Ochoco National Forest
Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).
Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).
Junction Springs

11,905 acres TOTAL
35% contained

Bailey Butte
9,685 acres
20% contained

Toney Butte
2,200 acres
100% contained

Junction Springs
20 acres
100% contained

.25 acres
100% contained

Three fires and a small fire (.25 acres) are being managed as a complex. A Type II Incident Management Team has taken over management of the fire. For more information, visit:

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Burnout operations on the fire had to be stopped due to windy conditions, but hope that those burnout operations can begin this evening as the winds reduce.  The Toney Butte Fire is considered a 100% contained and only aerial monitoring of the fire will continue

EVACUATIONS:  The Crook County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has lowered the Evacuation Notice to a Level 2 in the Marks Creek areas of 9 a.m. this morning.  The Evacuation Level for the West Branch area was lowered to a Level 2 today.

Hwy 26 remains closed 16 miles E of Prineville.  Hwy opening planned for tomorrow is delayed for 24 hours  because adverse wind conditions did not allow burnout operations to secure the road today.

ALTERNATE ROUTE BETWEEN PRINEVILLE AND MITCHELL: An alternate driving route through the Ochoco National Forest between Prineville and Mitchell is open, but the Forest Roads can be steep, rock and washed out in places.  People should have a map and an appropriate vehicle before choosing this route.

From Prineville, turn south on Combs Flat Road and continue east on Highway 380 past Post and Paulina.  About 5 miles east of Pualina, turn north on Wolf Creek Road and continue north to a Y where Forest Road 42 and Forest Road 58 depart.  Take Forest Road 42.  The road passes Salters Cabin campground and Wolf Creek campground as it enters the national forest.

Follow Forest Road 42 to Six Corners junction, then turn onto Forest Road 122, which leaves the junction heading east before turning north.  Stay on Forest Road 12 to its junction with Highway 26, about 10 miles east of Mitchell. 

For additional information, please contact Patrick Lair, Ochoco NF Public Affairs Officer, at 541-416-6647.

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750.  Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

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