SHERIFF'S OFFICE MEDIA RELEASE
Evacuation for Muskrat Fire in the Cultus Lake Area
Location: Cultus Lake Area, Southwest of Bend, OR
Date: August 7, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
By Captain Shane Nelson, 541-617-3386
On August 7, 2014 at approximately 12:56 p.m., Central Oregon Interagency Dispatchnotified Deschutes County 9-1-1 of a fire in the forest west of Cultus Lake. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene.
Area evacuations started at approximately 1:30 p.m. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of Search and Rescue are conducting the evacuation notifications.
The Sheriff’s Office has issued Level III and Level II Evacuation notices. The Level III notice is for the area located on the west and north shores of Cultus Lake. This also includes the back country area, north of Cultus Lake including Corral Swamp, WinopeeLake, Muskrat Lake, and Teddy Lake.
The Level II notice is for the area bordered by: Southern boundary of Road 4635 (Road to the Cultus Lake Resort), west side at the wilderness boundary line, and north to the Lucky Lake Trailhead across from Lava Lake, bordered on the east side by the Cascade Lakes Highway. It also includes the Cultus Lake Resort and campground.
The U. S. Forest Service is working on the fire and the Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by Deschutes County Road Department.