Friday, July 25, 2014

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update, 7/25

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR  97754

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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  July 25, 2014 11:00 a.m.

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

Central Oregon – Firefighters have responded to several small fires in the past 24 hours. These fires have popped up after a thunderstorm with abundant lightning passed through Central Oregon earlier in the week. Smokejumpers, rappelers and engine crews have been able to respond quickly to all these fires keeping them small (<1 acre).
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.

 5,960 acres TOTAL
67% contained

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

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 I Evacuation Order. All Level I evacuations have been lifted. The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

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

10,488 acres
60% containment

108 acres
6,379 acres

3,884 acres
116 acres
Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Schulte)  is managing the fire.

For more information on the web:

NEW Public Information Line:  541-777-2862

Recent precipitation and higher humidities continue to allow firefighters to make a direct attack on the fire, resulting in excellent progress.

EVACUATIONS:  All notices have been lifted.
CLOSURES: 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 pavement, 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 Road 4210, 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

Antelope Fire
3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900
10,195 acres TOTAL
59 % contained

191 acres
99% contained

9,978 acres 29% 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. 

Although the cooler weather and additional resources have allowed for good containment progress on the Fox Fire, the potential for interior tree torching that can cause spot fires outside the line perimeter is a concern as the temperature increases and humidity levels go down.

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.
102,209acres TOTAL

22,763 acres
97% contained

35,938 acres
95% contained

30,245 acres
95% contained

13,263 acres
100% contained
 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires. All fires received varying amounts of rain yesterday from .01” to 0.4”. A warming and drying trend is predicted through this weekend with relative humidity dropping back down to 25-35 percent.

Crews are beginning the rehab process on all fires, which includes cleaning up dozer lines and other effects of fire suppression efforts.

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.

42,044 acre
85% containment
Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Sunshine and light winds rapidly dried roads on the Shaniko Butte Fire Thursday morning. This allowed firefighters to drive to the top of Mutton Mountains, allowing them to quickly attack the last unlined area of the fire. They completed firelines late Thursday evening.

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

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

10 miles NNE of Monument
7,170 acres
80% containment
The Incident Management Team will be transitioning to a Type 3 organization Saturday, July 267. The smaller organization will secure the remaining containment lines and complete restoration work.

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

CLOSURES: As of Saturday, a smaller new area closure will go into effect to keep traffic away from areas where firefighters continue to work. Forest Road 22 (Top Road) will open. Please be careful when traveling these newly open roads. The area closure will be updated and announced on the Inciweb page listed above.
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
90% contained

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is managing this incident.

Hwy 26 between Prineville and Mitchell has REOPENED to two way travel.  Oregon Department of Transportation is performing maintenance along the road to repair damage from the fire and thunderstorms. Please use caution when traveling through the area.

For more information, visit:

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

EVACUATIONS:  All evacuations have been lifted.
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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