FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: June 11 , 2015 10:00 A.m.
Central Oregon Fire MORNING Update
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Firefighters will continue suppression efforts today on multiple fires, most of them small, across Central Oregon, and most of them the result of recent lightning activity that accompanied Tuesday’s thunderstorms.
Two lightning-caused wildfires near Twickenham, approximately 14 miles southeast of Fossil, Ore., now cover about 200 acres. The fires are burning in juniper, grass and brush fuels on both private and BLM-administered land. The fire suppression response includes multiple engines and smokejumpers.
On the Deschutes National Forest, firefighters continue the suppression response on a wildfire located yesterday approximately 9 miles west of Sunriver and 10 miles south of Mt. Bachelor, burning in steep timber and brush. The updated size for this fire is approximately 25 acres. Multiple firefighters and a Type 2 helicopter are responding. Cause of the fire is undetermined.
Firefighters are also responding to multiple other, small, lightning-caused single-tree fires across the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Prineville BLM. More incidents are expected throughout the day as temperatures increase and holdover fires from recent lightning activity produce enough smoke to be spotted and located.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for much of Central Oregon, to remain in effect through 8pm Friday. A Red Flag warning indicates a high likelihood for critical fire weather behavior, which includes strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures.