For Immediate Release: June 29, 2015 8:00 p.m.
Central Oregon Fire EVENING Update
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Firefighters are continuing to respond to several fires across Central Oregon tonight, the largest fire is 100 acres on the southeast border of Black Canyon Wilderness with no containment at this time.
As afternoon winds picked up, firefighters engaged numerous fires on and near the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM. The second largest wildfire of the day is Incident #296, which was originally reported at 30 acres 1 mile south of Dayville, Oregon. Several engines and single engine air tankers are working to stop forward progress at the head of the fire and protect structures.
Crews also responded to a 7 acre fire 4 miles west of Mill Creek Wilderness that has been lined by firefighters who have progressed into mop-up.
The largest fire in the area is still Sugarloaf (incident #268), which remains at 4,612 acres. Crews continue to make progress constructing a fireline and the incident remains 20 percent contained. The fire is located about 8 miles north of Dayville, OR and is burning in a combination of shrub and light grass. This incident also absorbed a new start outside of the fire area immediately north of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. No further information on this incident is available this evening.
All other starts, including two on the Deschutes National Forest, have been held to under half an acre.