Saturday, July 19, 2014

Central Oregon Fire Update, 7/19 (Morning)

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 19, 2014, 11:35 a.m.

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update
BLUE Highlighting indicates changed information since the last Update

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.

7,549 acres TOTAL
10% contained

Bridge 99 is 4,231 acres

Bear Butte 2 Fire is 3,318 acres


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

The complex continues to burn in very steep and rugged country with heavy timber and brush, which is challenging for firefighters.

PUBLIC MEETING:  a public meeting will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Lake Chinook Village Store, 8241 SW Jordan Road, Culver, OR.

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
3 miles NE of Post.
Private and
3,000 acres
25% contained
The fire made a run to the east yesterday causing significant growth in the fire acreage.
Donny Brook Fire Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association
Oregon Department of Forestry
11 miles SW of Antelope
17,765 acres
Fire is on private land protected by the Ash Butte Rural Fire Protection Association; Oregon Department of Forestry managing the fire as it moving towards ODF protected lands.
Logging Unit Fires
Warm Springs Reservation
Mt. Hood National Forest
North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire
6,000 acres
Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires yesterday evening. The Incident Command Post is being established off the County Line Road on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands.

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Due to the remote location, extremely dry and heavy fuels, rugged terrain, and limited firefighting resources, the Logging Unit Fires are expected to pose significant difficulties.  Currently, two 20-person hand crews and seven engines are assigned to the incident.

Motorists traveling on Highway 26 should expect varying degrees of smoke impacts associated with fire activity. Be prepared for additional heavy equipment on the highway.

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 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
Located near Antelope Spring, 3 miles E of FS Road 22 along FS Road 900
2,517 acres TOTAL

315 acres
80% contained

180 acres

2,000 Acres

10 acres

12 acres
Great Basin Incident Management Team 6, under the direction of Incident Commander Tracy Dunford, will assume command of the fires at 6 p.m. today. Their incident command post will be located at Crook County Middle School, 100 SE Knowledge Street in Prineville.

The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area.  All fires are believed to have started by lightning on Sunday, July 13.

Pine Creek Complex
Now includes:
Pine Creek Fire
 Jack Knife Fire
Black Rock Fire

Sherman County 
Prineville BLM
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
57,885 acres TOTAL
25,185 acres
5% contained

12,850 acres
45% contained

19,850 acres

 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires and the team took over the management of the Black Rock Fire last evening.

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.

25,000 acre
10% containment
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.  Oregon National Guard is providing two Chinook helicopters and two Blackhawk helicopters to support firefighting efforts.

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

The BLM has CLOSED the Lower Deschutes River, approximately 31 river miles to all day and overnight use from Trout Creek to Long Bend due to the fire. Rafters are still able to put in above Trout Creek or below big Bend.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company has shut down freight hauling on its Oregon Trunk line adjacent to the Deschutes River.
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

10.655 acres
35% contained

Bailey Butte
8,415 acres
10% contained

Toney Butte
2,200 acres
90% contained

Junction Springs
20 acres
100% contained

.25 acres
100% contained

Three fires and an 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

EVACUATIONS:  A Level III Evacuation Notice for the Marks Creek area by Crook County Sherriff’s Office remains in place.  A Red Cross Shelter is located in the Crook County High School in Prineville.

The West Branch area remains under a Level  III Evacuation Notice.  A Red Cross Shelter is located at 108 S. Nelson St. (Community Hall) in Mitchell.

Hwy 26 remains closed 16 miles E of Prineville from mile post 35-53 due to the wildfire and the potential of burned trees landing on the highway.  Public Access within the forest south of the Bailey Butte fire due to increased fire activity.

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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