Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Central Oregon Fire Update, 8/19



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:  August 19, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Central Oregon Fire Update

Central Oregon – Approximately 30 new smoke reports have come in to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center over the last 24 hours as a result of a lightning storm on Sunday evening.  The majority of these fires have been able to be maintained to less than an acre. 

The Ferguson Springs Fire was detected yesterday afternoon and is located approximately 9 miles SE of Prineville Reservoir within the Ochoco National Forest.  By last night, the fire had grown to approximately 48 acres.  Resources working this fire include 2 hand crews, 4 engines, a dozer, and a helicopter.    There is also a fire of approximately 2.25 acres in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness in the Deschutes that 10 smokejumpers are actively working on. 

Public use restrictions as well as an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL III) are still in place for Federal lands in Central Oregon.  The public use restriction currently prohibits open fires, including charcoal fires, except in designated campgrounds.  IFPL III means that personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.  Public use restrictions and the IFPL III apply to the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, Crooked River National Grassland, and the BLM Prineville District.  For details on these specific restrictions, please contact the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-416-6811. 

The South Fork Complex is located 5 miles south of Dayville around the south fork of the John Day River.  The fire is burning in a mix of private, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife managed lands. Currently, the South Fork Complex is 78% contained with an estimated containment date of September 1, 2014.  There are continued closures in place due to fire activity.  The fire information number for this incident is 866-347-0636 or find the most recent closures and announcements at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/

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