Firefighters made significant progress yesterday afternoon and evening on the Paulina fire northeast of La Pine. Multiple aerial resources, dozers, and engines were able to line the fire by the late evening.
“Overnight humidity recovery and cooler temperatures helped with overnight firefighting efforts” stated Incident Commander Trainee Mike Aizpitarte. Additional handcrews, engines, dozers, and water tenders arrived at the Incident Command Post at the La Pine Highschool late last night and early this morning.
Firefighting strategy for today’s operational period will focus on securing the existing control lines while continuing to provide for firefighter and public safety.
Smoke may be visible on Highway 97 north of La Pine and in the surrounding area. Drivers are asked to proceed cautiously with the additional fire traffic in the area. Level I campground closures and Forest Road 9735 closure remain in effect.
With Extreme Fire Danger, the Deschutes National Forest would like to remind visitors and recreationalist to be aware of dry forest vegetative conditions. An escaped and abandoned campfire could spread quickly to the surrounding area.