Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Central Oregon Fire Management Evening Update - August 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2017
Contact: (541) 316-7711

COIDC Evening Update, August 15

Redmond, OR – The Central Oregon Dispatch Center received two new smoke reports today, resulting in one fire that was contained at a half acre. An incident management team has arrived from the southwest to assist with the management of several of the fires in the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, as well as manage any new fire starts that may occur over the next several weeks due to drying conditions and increased visitation from the solar eclipse.

Dry conditions under a west to northwest flow will continue into the upcoming weekend. Breezy to local windy conditions with low relative humidity will be likely Wednesday.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is now 260 acres and 2% contained. There are 176 personnel assigned to the fire including six IA crews, three smaller (5-person) crews, four dozers, four masticators, and variety of overhead and support equipment. This fire is currently eight miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake.

Winds continued to push the fire east today, coming out of the wilderness and beginning to approach areas where fire operators can conduct direct suppression strategies to contain the fire. Minimum impact suppression strategies (MIST) are still being employed by crews operating within the Three Sisters Wilderness. Due to the fire burning partially in the fire scar of the 2006 Black Crater Fire, all crews on the ground are using extreme caution in areas with dead, standing timber.

Three Sisters Wilderness closure area includes the following: The Willamette National Forest has closed all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open. Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.
• Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
• Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.

There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area and can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_1668.html

Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, the Whychus Fire is currently 2030 acres and 90% contained. Another day of no fire growth allowed for crews to continue mopping up. There are 65 personnel working on this fire including two engines, three crews, and three dozers.

Belknap Fire – Located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, the Belknap Fire is estimated at 123 acres and 5% contained. Active fire behavior was observed today on the interior of the fire area. Aerial resources worked extensively over the past several operational periods and were able to apply a retardant line around the entire fire perimeter.

A trail closure has been put in place by the Ochoco National Forest for trails within the Mill Creek Wilderness. The following trails are now closed to the public for one month, beginning August 14th, from today or until rescinded: Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place over the fire area and can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_9749.html

North Pole Fire – Located northeast of Shaniko, the North Pole Fire is burning on private land and Bureau of Land Management. Currently, the North Pole Fire is 5075 acres and 0% contained. Five engines are currently assigned to the fire.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.

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Belknap Fire - August 15

The Belknap fire is burning in a pocket of green timber next to the 2000 Hash Rock fire scar within Mill Creek Wilderness, about 15 miles northeast of Prineville.

 


 

 

 

Central Oregon Fire Management Morning Update, August 15

COIDC Morning Update
August 15


Milli Fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness





Redmond, OR – No new smoke reports have come into the Central Oregon Dispatch this morning, although with clear skies and continued drying conditions, crews are ready to respond to any new reports that come in.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is estimated at 150 acres and 2% contained. There are currently 141 personnel on the fire including three type 2 crews, 5 IA crews, 3 dozers, 2 masticators, and a variety of overhead resources. The Milli Fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. Moderate fire activity was observed yesterday and is expected again today with continued fire spread to the east and northeast. Yesterday, crews worked to establish containment line in the wilderness using minimum impact suppression tactics and outside the wilderness, equipment was utilized to improve Forest Service roads and create new containment lines in anticipation of fire growth outside of the wilderness to the east. Today, direct and indirect suppression tactics will be utilized, while continuing Forest Service road improvement and fire line construction outside of the wilderness boundary. The fire is partially burning in an old fire scar with significant stands of dead timber caused by the 2006 Black Crater Fire.

The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests have implemented a closure order for a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness beginning today. The Willamette National Forest will close all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open. Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.

•Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
•Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.


Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, is currently 2030 acres and 90% contained.

Belknap Fire – Located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, the Belknap Fire is estimated at 120 acres and 0% contained. Aerial resources, smokejumpers, and hand crews will continue working on direct suppression of this fire today. Crews are taking extra precaution from entering the area due to significant hazard trees from previous fires. A trail closure has been put in place by the Ochoco National Forest for trails within the Mill Creek Wilderness. All hiking trails within Mill Creek Wilderness are temporarily closed to the public as fire crews work to suppress this fire. The following trails are now closed to the public for one month, beginning August 14th, from today or until rescinded: Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

New Closures Issued for Large Portion of Three Sisters Wilderness Area


Springfield, Ore – The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests are implementing an area closure that will cover a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness beginning August 15, 2017.

 On Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., the Willamette National Forest will close all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open.   Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground.

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.
  • Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
    • Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.  


Forests in the higher elevations are very dry and firefighters in the region are responding to numerous fires ignited by recent lightning storms. As hot, dry and windy conditions persist, fire managers anticipate that more undetected lightning fires will surface in the coming days and weeks. This area closure has been put in place for the safety of the public recreating in the area while firefighters work to suppress the fires in the Wilderness. The order will be in place until rescinded.

 The public is urged to use caution in the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness areas as there are now two large area closures in effect for active wildfires and firefighters continue to respond to new starts around the Cascade Crest. As always, if you are planning to visit the National Forest, it is a good idea to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO by contacting 541-225-6350 for Willamette Fire Information or calling 541-316-7711 for Central Oregon Fire Information.  For Pacific Crest Trail information, visit: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/
For additional information visit us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deschutesnationalforest/,  https://www.facebook.com/willamettenf/) or on Twitter (@DesNatlForest, @willametteNF ) call 541-225-6350 or visit our webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices


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COIDC Evening Update, August 14


COIDC Evening Update, August 14




Redmond, OR – The Central Oregon Dispatch Center received several reports of smoke today, but only one new fire that is currently three quarters of an acre burning approximately 4.5 miles northeast of Crane Prairie.


The Milli Fire, in the Three Sisters Wilderness, is now 150 acres and 2% contained. The acreage decreased from this morning due to better mapping. This fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. There was moderate fire behavior today while crews used minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST tactics) within the wilderness. Outside the wilderness, equipment is being utilized to construct contingency lines and improve forest service roads in anticipation of fire growth to the east. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.  The following areas are temporarily closed for public safety:


  • Forest Road 1018 is closed from Highway 242 to Forest Road 15.
  • Forest Road 1520 is closed from Forest Road 1018 to Forest Road 15. 
  • The Millican Crater Trailheads located at Lava Camp Lake and Forest Road 1024 are closed. 
  • The Scott Pass Trailhead located on Forest Road 1026 is closed.  Black Crater Trailhead located off Highway 242 is closed. 
  • Whispering Pine campground located at the junction of Forest Road 1018 and 1520 is closed.


The Whychus Fire, about 8 miles northeast of Sisters is currently 2030 acres and 80% contained. While there was no fire growth today, resources on the fire observed interior burning and continued mopping up.



The Belknap Fire, located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, is currently 120 acres and 0% contained. Three handcrews are arriving on the fire today to assist the smokejumpers and other resources on the fire.




For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire


For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.




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Mill Creek Wilderness trail closures due to Belknap fire


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 14, 2017
Mill Creek Wilderness trails closed during wildfire suppression
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Ochoco National Forest has temporarily closed all hiking trails within Mill Creek Wilderness to the public as fire crews work to suppress the lightning-caused Belknap fire.
The fire was first reported at 11:30 am Friday, August 11 after a weather system moved through the area with abundant lightning activity.
The fire is actively burning in a mixture of dead and live trees on steep slopes just outside of the 2000 Hash Rock fire scar. The current size is estimated at 60 acres.
“This is a full suppression fire; however, we are developing a strategy to engage the fire in a safe manner due to the abundance of snags in the area,” said District Ranger Slater Turner. “We are taking suppression actions where we can implement them in a safe manner.”
Heavy airtankers worked the fire this weekend making retardant drops to moderate fire behavior before firefighters entered the area on the ground. On Sunday, seven smokejumpers parachuted into the fire and remain there working to create helispots and developing a plan to implement suppression tactics.
The following trails are now closed to the public for one month from today or until rescinded:
Twin Pillars Trail #832
Wildcat Trail #833
Belknap Trail #833A

The National Forest appreciates public tolerance of these temporary inconveniences during solar eclipse visitation.

 Smoke from the Belknap Fire

COIDC Morning Update - August 14

Central Oregon Fire Management Morning Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    
Contact: (541) 316-7711                                

COIDC MORNING Update, August 14
 


Redmond, OR – Resources are responding to a couple new reports of fires this morning. The weather pattern is returning to typical for this time of year, with clear and dry conditions across the area.
 
The Whychus Fire is currently 2030 acres and 80% contained, showing a slight increase in acres due to better mapping.
 
The Milli Fire, in the Three Sisters Wilderness is now estimated at 200 acres and 0% contained. This fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. The Millie Fire received a load of seven rappellers yesterday who will work to secure the heel of the fire into the Black Crater Lake fire scar. Other resources assigned to the Milli Fire include a 15 person hand crew, 4 dozers, and 2 excavators.
 
For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/. The following areas are temporarily closed for public safety:
  • Forest Road 1018 is closed from Highway 242 to Forest Road 15.
  • Forest Road 1520 is closed from Forest Road 1018 to Forest Road 15.
  • The Millican Crater Trailheads located at Lava Camp Lake and Forest Road 1024 are closed.
  • The Scott Pass Trailhead located on Forest Road 1026 is closed. Black Crater Trailhead located off Highway 242 is closed.
  • Whispering Pine campground located at the junction of Forest Road 1018 and 1520 is closed.
The Belknap fire in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest is estimated at 60 acres and 0% contained. Aerial resources and the smokejumpers will continue working on direct suppression of this fire today.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire
 For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711 or keep up-to-date on fire activity by following us on Twitter at @CentralORFire.


 


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nena Springs Fire Update - August 13 PM


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Nena Springs Fire Update Aug. 13

Office: (541) 460-7525
Email: NenaFire2017@gmail.com
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August 13, 2017
The north end of the Nena Springs Fire continued to expand to the east Saturday reaching the Deschutes River near the Dant area, but did not cross the river.  Light rain showers fell overnight and into Sunday morning as a weak cold front moved through.  The rains and cooler temperatures have temporarily slowed the progression of the fire. Firefighters are taking advantage of the weather change to assess the recent growth and develop strategies to minimize further spread.

Structure protection resources have made good progress around the communities of Simnasho, Mutton Mountain and Indian Head Canyon prompting some changes in evacuation levels.

Today’s Operations:
With increasing resources available, efforts are being made to further mop up around structures and developed control lines as well as work the eastern edge of the fire.  The Warm Springs Hotshots will be positioned on the east side of the Deschutes River to prevent the expected westerly winds from spotting the fire across the river. They will be supported by air resources as needed.
Where safe to do so, firefighters are engaging the eastern edge of the fire and developing containment strategies to address some of the more difficult areas in the Nena Creek drainage and Deschutes River Canyon.

Air tankers and helicopters will continue dropping retardant and water to slow the fire’s growth. Firefighters can then safely construct dozer and hand lines, and use roads for control lines where available. Weather permitting, burnout operations may also be employed to remove grass and brush ahead of the fire’s front.

Evacuations
Some evacuation levels have changed. The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point remain at a Level 1 evacuation notice. This lets them know a fire is in the area and they should be ready to leave if necessary. The Fish Hatchery Grade area remains under a Level 2 evacuation notice. They should be set to evacuate when notified. Evacuation levels of the Schoolie Flat, Simnasho, and S-300 subdivisions have been reduced from Level 3 to a Level 2, however residents only will be allowed in at this time.

A Red Cross shelter is established at the Warm Springs Community Center to support people displaced by the fire.

Road Closures
The S-300 Road and Highway 3 remain closed, except for local residents.

Caution Needed
Heavy fire traffic is on the roads. The public is asked to please drive cautiously when in the area. If possible, please avoid areas where evacuation notices are issued.

SIZE:    40,000 acres
CONTAINMENT:  25%
PERSONNEL: 443
CAUSE: HUMAN
RESOURCES
  • 3 HELICOPTERS
  • 9 HAND CREWS
  • 5 DOZERS
  • 32 ENGINES

Central Oregon Fire Management Evening Update - August 13

COIDC Evening Update, August 13



Redmond, OR – Milder temperatures and varying amounts of rain throughout the area gave firefighters relief today.  Resources responded to four new wildfires, all contained at under a tenth of an acre. 

A Type 3 incident management team assumed command of the Milli Fire burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness, about one and a half miles west of Black Crater Lake and eight miles west of Sisters. The Milli fire is currently 110 acres and 0% contained. Fire line is being constructed outside of the wilderness to serve as a contingency line to protect private land. For up-to-date information on any closures on the Pacific Crest Trail, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.  The following areas are temporarily closed for public safety:
  • Forest Road 1018 is closed from Highway 242 to Forest Road 15.
  • Forest Road 1520 is closed from Forest Road 1018 to Forest Road 15. 
  • The Millican Crater Trailheads located at Lava Camp Lake and Forest Road 1024 are closed. 
  • The Scott Pass Trailhead located on Forest Road 1026 is closed.  Black Crater Trailhead located off Highway 242 is closed. 
  • Whispering Pine campground located at the junction of Forest Road 1018 and 1520 is closed.
The Whychus fire, about 8 miles northeast of Sisters is currently 2012 acres and 60% contained.  All evacuation orders associated with the Whychus fire have been lifted as of 6:00 P.M. tonight.

The Belknap fire, located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, is currently 60 acres and with active fire behavior and wind driven runs. Smokejumpers arrived on the fire this afternoon. 

The fire 10 miles NE of Shaniko is estimated at 3870 acres and is burning on private lands and will continue to be monitored.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire
For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711 or keep up-to-date on fire activity by following us on Twitter at @CentralORFire.
 




The fire near Shaniko showed minimal fire activity today.

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Milli Fire Photos - August 13, 2017

Milli Fire Photos
August 13, 2017
Three Sisters Wilderness







COIDC MORNING Update, August 13

Whychus fire is now estimated at 1,539 acres

COIDC MORNING Update, August 13

Redmond, OR – Firefighters worked through the night on several fires across Central Oregon.
Many areas throughout Central Oregon received rainfall this morning.  Two remote weather stations located on public lands reported from 0.2 – 0.5 inches of rain; all other weather stations did not receive enough measurable rainfall to record.  The cold front that brought rain showers will pass through the area by the end of the day, bringing cooler temperatures and gusty winds out of the west.

Firefighters worked through the night on the Whychus fire, about 8 miles northeast of Sisters, Ore. This fire had been lined by dozers at 34 acres but yesterday’s gusty winds pushed embers over fire lines and the fire is now 1,539 acres. Firefighters today will be assisted by air tankers, multiple engines and dozers to continue constructing fire line today. A Level 2 evacuation notice remains in place for residents of Lower Bridge Road north of Holmes Road. A Type 3 incident management team took command of the fire yesterday afternoon.

A Type 3 incident management team has assumed command of the Milli Fire, burning 8 miles west of Sisters, about one and a half miles west of Black Crater Lake. The fire is partially burning in green timber, and partially burning in the 2006 Black Crater Lake Fire scar. Firefighters will work together with heavy equipment to begin fireline construction today. The fire is now estimated at 80 acres and several temporary closures of adjacent trails, trailheads and roads remain in place today:
·         Forest Road 1018 is closed from Highway 242 to Forest Road 15.
·         Forest Road 1520 is closed from Forest Road 1018 to Forest Road 15. 
·         The Millican Crater Trailheads located at Lava Camp Lake and Forest Road 1024 are closed. 
·         The Scott Pass Trailhead located on Forest Road 1026 is closed.  Black Crater Trailhead located off Highway 242 is closed. 
·         Whispering Pine campground located at the junction of Forest Road 1018 and 1520 is closed.

The Yucca fire, between the Three Rivers subdivision and Lake Billy Chinook, is 100% lined and contained as of this morning. It is 25 acres.

The Pine Stub fire, northeast of Post, is 100% lined and 148 acres.  Rain was received over the area this morning and crews will continue mopping up today on this fire.

A new start has been reported in the Three Sisters Wilderness in the Deschutes National Forest.  Smoke jumpers are responding to this new report this morning.

Resources are again responding to several fires that were reported Saturday around the area including fires in the Three Sister Roadless Area, South Bachelor Roadless Area, and Bench Mark Butte. 

Additionally, the fire reported yesterday south of Little Cultus Creek will have engines on it again today as well as the fire west of Wickiup Reservoir. 

The Belknap fire in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest is 30 acres and burning in steep terrain in an area with abundant hazardous trees. Aerial drops on the fire yesterday and rain this morning, may have moderated fire behavior enough to allow resources to get into the area.

A fire reported last night 10 miles NE of Shaniko is estimated at 3870 acres and is burning in light, grass fuels.  This fire will remain in monitor status. 

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711 or keep up-to-date on fire activity by following us on Twitter at @CentralORFire.


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Central Oregon Fire Management evening update Aug. 12

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
1605 SE Ochoco Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756


Contact:  Media Desk:  541-316-7711           Email:  Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter:  @CentralORfire                              Blog: CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com


FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: 08/12/2017

Central Oregon Fire Management evening update Aug. 12


Redmond, Ore. – Firefighters had another busy day today working on lightning starts across Central Oregon that started as weather systems passed through last night and the night before. This afternoon’s warm, windy weather led to increased fire growth on many fires and put more smoke in the sky above Central Oregon communities.

Most notable was a spot fire produced by the Whychus fire, about 8 miles northeast of Sisters, Ore. The Whychus fire had been completely lined by dozer the day before at 34 acres. Today’s gusty winds carried embers across the containment lines and created a fire that ran around two and a half miles to the east. Jefferson and Deschutes County authorities issued first level one then level two evacuation notices this afternoon for the residents of Southwest Lower Bridge Road. Two large air tankers, a helicopter, and multiple engines and dozers are engaged in suppression on the spot fire this evening.

A lightning start 8 miles west of Sisters, and about one and half miles west of Black Crater Lake, got active this afternoon and grew to an estimated 70 acres by late in the day. The fire is moving around in dead and down fuels within the 2006 Black Crater Lake fire scar. The fire activity prompted the Deschutes National Forest to issue temporary closures on adjacent trails to provide for public safety. A Type 3 incident management team will begin working on the fire tomorrow.

Firefighting efforts continued today on a new fire 8 miles west of Grass Valley on BLM land near the Deschutes River. Aerial resources delivered multiple retardant drops to this fire now estimated at 500 acres about one mile west of Macks Canyon campground. A new start on BLM land about 6 miles northwest of Clarno is estimated at 2,000 acres, burning in grass and brushy fuels. Multiple resources were responding this afternoon.

Aerial resources also dropped retardant on the Belknap fire burning within Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest. That fire was resized at 30 acres. And several engines worked to suppress a 19-acre fire about 17 miles east of Prineville today, just south of Highway 26. The Pine Stub fire, burning about 4 miles northeast of Post, was resized at 148 acres. Multiple resources continued strengthening line around the fire this afternoon.

Central Oregon is not expected to receive the same lightning activity tonight as it has for the last two nights. The National Weather Service is reporting that the same weather systems that delivered lightning across Central Oregon the last two nights are now moving further into eastern and northeastern Oregon. Continued warm and windy conditions tomorrow mean fire behavior will likely remain active on many fires in this area.


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Temporary closures on Sisters RD around the Milli fire


Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
1605 SE Ochoco Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756


Contact:  Media Desk:  541-316-7711           Email:  Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter:  @CentralORfire                              Blog: CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com


FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: 08/12/2017

Temporary closures on Sisters RD around the Milli fire


Redmond, Ore. – The Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest has issued temporary road, trails, and trailhead closures around the Milli fire, burning about 8 miles west of Sisters.

The Milli fire started by lightning yesterday one and a half miles west of Black Crater Lake. Fire activity intensified this afternoon and the fire grew to an estimated 70 acres, burning into dead and down timber from the 2006 Black Crater fire.

The Deschutes National Forest has issued the following temporary closures for public safety:

TRAILHEADS:

Black Crater Trailhead
Millican Crater Trailhead
Scott Pass Trailhead

Whispering Pines Horse Camp

TRAILS:

Black Crater Trail #4058
Millican Crater Trail #4066
Trout Creek Tie #4067

ROADS:

Forest Service Road 1024 to Millican Crater Trailhead

A Type 3 incident management team is assigned to the Milli fire and expected to take command of the fire tomorrow morning.


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Central Oregon Fire Management afternoon update Aug. 12

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
1605 SE Ochoco Way
Redmond, Oregon 97756


Contact:  Media Desk:  541-316-7711           Email:  Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter:  @CentralORfire                              Blog: CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com


FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: 08/12/2017

Central Oregon Fire Management afternoon update Aug. 12


Redmond, Ore. – Firefighters again worked through the night last night suppressing multiple lightning-caused fires across Central Oregon. An abundance of lightning struck the higher elevations of the Cascades last night, then moved north across the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and to points eastward this morning.

During the last 48 hours, the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center has responded to 89 new incidents, 61 of which have been wildfires.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of Central and Eastern Oregon today and will remain in effect until 11 pm this evening. The forecast calls for more lightning activity and gusty outflow winds today with breezy conditions tomorrow.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an Air Quality Alert for Crook, Deschutes, Wheeler, Jefferson, Grant and Wasco counties for yesterday and this morning, but expects increased wind activity this afternoon to help clear the skies and improve air quality today.

Firefighters are engaged in suppression of a new fire today 8 miles west of Grass Valley on BLM land near the Deschutes River. Aerial resources are fighting this fire estimated at 200 to 300 acres about one mile west of Macks Canyon campground.

Multiple engines continue working on a lightning-caused fire about 4 miles northeast of Post now estimated at 250 acres. The fire is 70 percent lined with mostly interior heat reported today.

A lightning-caused fire reported yesterday between the Three Rivers subdivision and Lake Billy Chinook is now called the Yucca fire. It is holding at 25 acres as firefighters continue working to secure dozer line around the perimeter.

And a lightning start discovered yesterday within Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest is now estimated at 54 acres. The fire is burning in steep terrain surrounded by abundant dead trees. Aerial retardant drops have been ordered to reduce fire behavior and give firefighters a better opportunity to hike into and suppress the fire.

All Forest Service and BLM lands entered a complete campfire ban today that will continue as long as current fuel and weather conditions remain.


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