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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: July 7, 2015.
Central Oregon Fire Update
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Firefighters spent the afternoon working on Incident #351, 10 miles southeast of Sisters, Oregon near Cline Butte. The fire was held to 5 acres due in no small part to the aircraft that aided ground forces. One heavy airtanker worked the head of the fire while two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) and two helicopters offered support to the three engines, a bulldozer and hand crew working to build fire line. By early evening a fire line was constructed around the perimeter of the fire area and firefighters were mopping up with the help of the remaining Type 1 helicopter. The fire was started by lightning.
The Corner Creek Fire grew slightly to 27,166 acres on Monday due to fire line relocation and burnout operations along the fire’s western flank. Despite some gusty winds to 30 mph late Monday afternoon, the Corner Creek Fire stayed within containment lines. The fire is 15 percent contained and 1,100 people are assigned to the suppression effort. The majority of the work today was focused on securing the fire’s perimeter and mopping up hot spots inside the fire line. The fire is burning on public lands managed by the Ochoco National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management – Prineville District, with some private lands within or near to the burned area. The fire started June 29 from a lightning strike in the Black Canyon Wilderness.
Tomorrow at 6:00 a.m., a new incident management team will take control of the Corner Creek Fire. The incoming team is the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2, headed by Incident Commander Brett Fillis.
As a reminder, several closures are still in place for the Corner Creek Fire including an Ochoco National Forest area closure and the South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 which is closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. To read the entire closure order and view a map of the area closure, please visit the Ochoco National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/ochoco/alerts-notices
Information about the Sugarloaf and Corner Creek Fires, managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/