Thursday, July 2, 2015

7/2 Central Oregon Fire EVENING Update

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  July 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Central Oregon Fire EVENING Update
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Firefighters are responding to a new wildfire five miles south of Clarno that has been estimated at 300 acres. Several helicopters, engines and rappellers have responded in addition to two SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers). It has been confirmed that one abandoned structure was consumed by the fire which is burning in light grasses and brush. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
The Corner Creek Fire is still the largest fire in the area and is currently 12,700 acres although winds on the fire area have increased fire activity today. Located 11 miles south of Dayville, the fire is burning on Prineville BLM, Ochoco National Forest and private lands and aerial resources continued their work on structure protection where the fire has threatened cabins and various outbuildings. Firefighters are challenged by steep terrain as the fire continues to push south and west in grass and brush. This fire is being managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 which is also managing the Sugarloaf Fire. *See below for Corner Creek Fire area closure information.
The Sugarloaf Fire, 8 miles north of Dayville, is currently 5,057 acres with 65% containment. Most of the active fire is on the northeast edge, where burnout operations continue to secure the fire line. Heavier fuels in the forested areas are requiring extensive mop up. 
The only other start of the day was on the Deschutes National Forest. Smokejumpers responded to a ¼ acre fire at the base of Diamond Peak in the Diamond Peak Wilderness and will likely continue to work the fire into the evening.
Corner Creek Fire Closure Information
The Ochoco National Forest is putting a temporary closure in place on portions of the Ochoco affected by the Corner Creek Fire.  The closure is to protect the public and employees from the wildfire and related suppression activities. Beginning today, July 2, 2015, you may not go into or be on any of the lands, including any roads or trails, described in the closure order.

To read the entire closure order and view a map of the area closure, please visit the Ochoco National Forest website at

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