Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Incident #388 south of Lake Billy Chinook near the Three Rivers subdivision was reported at 4:00 p.m. and is approximately 600 acres tonight. The fire, Geneva 15, is still burning this evening, although firefighters are making good progress on a burnout operation that would prevent the fire from moving north into the subdivision. Four Type 1 helicopters, three heavy air tankers and two SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers) were lending aerial support to the firefighters on the ground putting in containment lines. Containment is listed at 10% tonight and the cause is undetermined.
There were 16 other confirmed fires in Central Oregon today, all fires were started by lightning and were held to under 1/10 of an acre.
The Ten Mile Canyon Fire was turned over to a Type 4 team today after containment lines held and containment increased to 90% on the 6,707 acres.
The Corner Creek Fire grew to 29,407 acres within the established containment lines. The south to southwest flanks of the fire are being mopped up as firefighters continue to extinguish burning material just inside the containment lines. Crews also mopped up within the Black Canyon Wilderness along the northern fire edge. Danger from snags, fire-weakened trees and steep terrain will determine the depth of the mop-up. The eastern flank of the fire has cooled and is now in patrol status. Little precipitation fell over the fire yesterday but cloud cover and cooler temperatures moderated fire behavior and helped achieve a fire containment of 60%.
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 Interagency Incident Management Team 2 of Forestry Team 2, can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/