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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update, 8/3
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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 3, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update
Central Oregon – Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and no recorded lightning
strikes aided firefighting efforts across Central Oregon today. However, due to several consecutive days with
abundant lightning, small fires continue to pop up. Eight new smoke reports
were filed with Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch today, most of them in the
Oregon Badlands Wilderness area.
the fires within the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area were approximately .10 of
an acre and many were put into monitor status due to the sparseness of the
fuels in the area, which made fire spread unlikely. The fire starts that were
within 1 mile of private land were actively engaged by firefighters who put
containment lines around them, mopped up and will continue to monitor.
Castle Fire is now up to 22 acres and as of 1 p.m. Sunday, August 3, will be
managed by the Type II Oregon-California Incident Management Team 2, (Brett
Fillis). This is the same team that was in command of the Bridge 99 Complex. Firefighting efforts have been challenged by difficult
terrain and access to the fire area. Hotshot crews have put in containment
lines around the top of the fire, but cannot access the base of the fire, which
is in steep, rocky terrain. A Level 3 Evacuation remains in place for Monty
Campground and a Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the Perry South
Campground—both campgrounds are on the Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes
South Fork Complex remains at 16,581 acres with 0% containment. Afternoon thunderstorms bringing gusty winds
are expected across the fire area this afternoon as the fire continues to burn to
the north and northeast. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian
J. Watts) took command of the fire on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Incident
Command Post (ICP) has been set up at Gander Ranch near Dayville, OR. These
fires are located approximately 20 miles south of John Day.
Incident Management Team 3 (Type II - Johnson) is still in command of the Sniption
Fire, 15 miles N of Fossil, OR. The fire
is 25,937 and is 90% contained. Oregon
Incident Management Team 3 is coordinating with Gillam County on response to
Haystack Complex is 1,740 acres and is 95% contained. Firefighters assigned to
this fire have been assisting in initial attack efforts to keep lightning
caused fires in the surrounding area small. For more information on the Haystack Complex