Redmond, OR – Although air quality conditions improved for a second day in a row, wildfires throughout the area showed increased fire behavior. As of this writing, no new fire starts have been reported, although engines have responded to one abandoned campfire south of Bend. Please remember that campfires are banned on all federal lands in central Oregon due to high fire danger.
McKay Fire - Located east of Hwy 97 and north of county road 21 near McKay Butte, the McKay Fire is 1221 acres and 60% contained. Progress continues as firefighters work to mop up all hot spots that could threaten containment and patrol for spots outside the lines. Firefighters are requesting that the public stay out of the fire area between Forest Service roads 9735 and 9720.
Nash Fire – Burning in the Willamette National Forest north of Nash Lake, the Nash Fire and the Separation Fire were extremely active today and grew together into one fire. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level Two evacuation notification for the Elk Lake and Hosmer Lake Areas and a Level One notification for areas surrounding Lava Lake. Currently, the Cascade Lakes Hwy, FS 46, remains open.
Level Two: Elk Lake Resort, Elk Lake Campground (CG), Point CG, Little Fawn CG, Mallard Marsh CG, Sunset View Day Use Area, Beach Day Use Area, and Quinn Meadows Horse Camp.
Level One: Lava Lake Resort, Lava Lake CG, and Little Lava Lake CG.
Level One (pre-evacuation) means “Be Ready” for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. Level Two evacuation means “Be Set” to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area. For information on these evacuation notifications, you can call the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.
For information on the Nash Fire, call the Milli Fire Information Line at 541-719-8135.
Milli Fire – Located west of Sisters is currently 22,718 acres and 44% contained. Smoke from interior burning was apparent today throughout Sisters and Black Butte Ranch, but is not a threat to containment lines. Level One and Two evacuations are still in place for residential areas outside of Sisters and a closure is in place for the area surrounding the Milli Fire. For more information on the Milli Fire, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5517 or call the Milli Fire Information Line at 541-719-8135.
For information on air quality, visit http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/ or http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
For road conditions and closures due to wildfires, visit tripcheck.com.
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.