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9/16/2017 Central Oregon Fire Update

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FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  September 16, 2017

Central Oregon Fire Update

CENTRAL, ORE – Fire crews, engines and air tankers responded quickly to a fire that broke near Boyd Cave south of Bend, Ore (#1174) late yesterday afternoon.

The Boyd Cave fire showed moderate fire behavior in timber and juniper. Six engines, 2 crews, 5 air tankers, a dozer and a water tender responded to the fire and by evening had the fire contained to 26 acres. Firefighters will mop-up and patrol the fire today.

The closure on the Milli Fire of the Whychus Overlook Trailhead and trail will be lifted at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.  All areas west of Forest Road 16 on the Sisters Ranger District will remain closed and all other closures for the fire will remain.

The Desolation Fire did experience some growth yesterday and is now at 3,428 acres. All growth was within planned containment lines with most of it was from planned burnout operations being done along Forest Road 27 to contain the fire. There was some growth on the north end of the fire toward Whistler Point.

The public will see smoke coming from the Desolation Fire today as burnout operations on the fire continue. A temporary closure order remains in effect for all of Mill Creek Wilderness and national forest lands north of the wilderness up to and including Forest Roads 27, 2730 and 2745.

Central Oregon is expected to see wetting rain beginning the evening and through Monday. This rain should help clear smoke from the air and reduce fire activity on the larger fires in the area, including Milli, Desolation and Nash.

An open fire ban remains in effect for all federal lands in Central Oregon.


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