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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 13, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update
Central Oregon – As of 6:30 p.m., Central Oregon has received approximately 1350 lightning strikes and 5 new fire starts today. All fires have been managed with local resources and kept small and contained to less than an acre.
The Type 3 team on the Muskrat Fire has transferred command of the fire back to the Deschutes National Forest. The fire remains at approximately 50 acres and is now 75% contained. Six Lakes Trailhead is no longer being utilized as the Incident Command Post and has reopened to the public.
As of Thursday August 14, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., the Emergency Area Closure enacted by the U.S. Forest Service has been revised around the Muskrat Fire. Little and Big Cove Boat-in Campgrounds and other boat-in sites along the north shore of Cultus Lake are open. The Winopee Lake Trail from the Winopee Lake Trailhead near Cultus CG to the Junction with the Corral Swamp/Metolius-Windigo Trail is also now open.
West Cultus boat-in Campground as well as areas and trails surrounding the Muskrat Fire remain closed to provide for public and firefighter safety during mop-up, rehab and demobilization of fire equipment as much of this work will require delivery and removal of resources via helicopter.
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. 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/.