Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Update on Akawana Fire, June 8, 2016 - 12pm

News Release
Oregon Department of Forestry Central District Office
News Contact: Erik Pronold
Cell#: 541-588-2232

Wednesday June 8, 2016

Akawana Fire Triggers Level 2 Evacuation Notice for Three Rivers
Sisters, OR – Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District is responding to a several hundred acre fire on Akawa Butte 13 miles north of Sisters.  The Three Rivers Subdivision is on a level 2 evacuation notice.  Level 2 indicates that residents should be set for a potential evacuation.  Residents must be prepared to leave at a moments notice.

The lightning caused fire was reported on Tuesday June 7th at 1400 hours.  The 5% contained fire is currently burning on private forest land.  Heavy dead and down fuel along with 15 to 20 mile per hour winds are causing torching and spotting of the fire.  The winds have been picking up as the day has progressed.  Two fire suppression handcrews, three fire engines, and three bulldozers are working aggressively on direct fire line with the aid of a variety of aerial support helicopters and planes. 

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