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Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  July 23, 2014 8:00 p.m.

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

Central Oregon- A Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning is in effect until 11 p.m. for lands within the Central Oregon management area.   The day was steady with response to new incidents from lightning yesterday and last night, but crews were able to respond to incidents and contain them. Approximately 5 incidents in the Central Oregon continue to have crews responding, but those incidents are not exhibiting very active fire behavior.

The Prineville BLM District, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland announced that are implementing campfire restrictions this week. Effective 12:01 a.m. July 25, 2014 (Friday), open fires, including charcoal fires, will be prohibited, except within designated campgrounds.  Please go to for a listing of those campgrounds.
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.

 5,919 acres TOTAL
50% contained

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

Fire crews spent most of the day doing mop-up on the fire and patrolling the perimeter.  Firefighting resources are beginning to be demobilized to respond to other incidents or to return home.

EVACUATIONS:  All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) have been lowered to a Level II Evacuation Order. The Three Rivers Subdivision has been lowered to a Level I Evacuation Order. The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park remain under a Level I Evacuation Order. The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

Monty and Perry South Campgrounds are REOPENED.

CLOSURES: The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:
Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400. The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness. A 5-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is closed. The south closure is located north of the Shirley Lake Trail (#4003) junction and the north closure is located near Cathedral Rocks
Center Fire
Prineville BLM
Post-Paulina RFPA
3 miles NE of Post.
Private and
2,515 acres
50% contained
No additional updated information.
Logging Unit Fires
Warm Springs Reservation
Mt. Hood National Forest
Deschutes National Forest
North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire

Haily Butte
Camas Prairie/ Logging Unit
Bear Butte 2 – North

10,350 acres
20% containment

108 acres
6,261 acres

3,864 acres
116 acres
Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2.

For more information on the web:

NEW Public Information Line:  541-777-2862

From the Cascade Crest east across the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, between 1,500-1,700 lightning strikes were received yesterday afternoon and evening.  As weather warms in the coming days, an increase in initial attack activity is expected.

EVACUATIONS:  The Level 1 Notification for Sid Walter Flats was lifted.

CLOSURES: The Mt Hood NF lifted the closure on the Ollalie Scenic Area today.

The road and area closures that are in place on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands will remain in place.

Closures that apply to public with the exception of local residents:  B-180/Hwy 26 Jct., B-160/Hwy 26 Jct., B-140/Hwy26 Jct.  Closures that apply to all public:  b-160 near the B-165 Jct., County Line Rd at the end of the pavemet, J-100 at the Tenino Rd/J-100 Jct.

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

Lava Fire
Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire
3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study

Broadway Fire
S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900
6,506 acres TOTAL
22 % contained

191 acres
70% contained

6,289 acres 24% contained

53 acres 100% contained

21 acres
100% contained
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. 

Arrival of additional resources and overhead allowed for significant process on the fire. Fox made a run late afternoon prior to thunderstorm arrival. Antelope and Broadway Fires are in patrol status. Crews held Lava fire and continue mop-up. Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms with light rain and lots of lightning occured over the area of the fire.

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

Donnybrook Fire
11 miles SW of Antelope

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

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

Jack Knife Fire 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.
102,002acres TOTAL

22,763 acres
80% contained

35,731 acres
85% contained

30,245 acres
80% contained

13,263 acres
100% contained
 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires. 

All the fires received varying amounts of rain yesterday. Concerns for today are continued lightning and high winds during operations.  Crews extinguished two lightning-caused small fires, totaling about 3 acres, yesterday.

NEW Public Information Line: 541-763-0917.  This line will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NEW Information available on the web:
Black Rock Fire:
Pine Creek Fire:
Jack Knife Fire:
Shaniko Butte
Warm Springs Reservation
12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

40,575 acre
75% containment
Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Crews completed four miles of burnout along the S-210 Road at the southernmost boundary of the fire.

The reported acreage of the fire was reduced by nearly 2000 acres when the smoke lifted and it was realized that the unburned area in the southeast portion f the fire was larger than estimated.

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

All EVACUATIONS and CLOSURESassociated with the Shaniko Butte Fire have been lifted.
Sunflower Fire
Umatilla National Forest

10 miles NNE of Monument
7,146 acres
65% containment
A cold front brought cooler temperatures, showers, and thunderstorms over the fire area yesterday. Fire activity limited to ground fire and isolated tree torching, smoldering, and creeping inside the fire perimeter was observed. Crews made excellent progress extinquishing hot spots and securing line in the southern portion of the fire. Crews also made good progress conducting mop-up and dozer line repair in the northern portion of the fire.

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
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

12,520 acres TOTAL
80% contained

Bailey Butte
10,276 acres
80% contained

Toney Butte
2,200 acres
100% contained

Junction Springs
15 acres
100% contained

.25 acres
100% contained

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is managing this incident.

Hwy 26 between Prineville and Mitchell has REOPENED to two way travel.  There is a restricted speed of 35 MPH and vehicle headlights are required when travelling through the area.  Stopping within the fire zone is not allowed.

For more information, visit:

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

EVACUATIONS:  The Marks Creek Evacuation Notice was lifted today.  The West Branch Notice was lifted yesterday.

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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