The NASH FIRE (6,359 ac) has burned almost to the edge of Nash Lake, and is approximately four miles from Elk Lake. The fire received a small amount of precipitation Thursday which combined with cloud cover and higher humidity has slowed its progress.
Crews and heavy equipment are concentrating their work along the Cascade Lake Highway, removing dense fuels to create a fuel break to prepare to deal with the fire if it moves over the Cascade Crest. Firefighters will also be using aviation resources, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed, when weather and smoke conditions allow, to slow the progress of the fire.
Priorities for the Nash Fire include protecting structures in and around Elk and Lava Lakes, the infrastructure at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort and the watershed for the town of Bend.
Due to the Nash Fire, the areas surrounding Elk Lake and Hosmer Lake in Deschutes County remain at Level 2 (Set) evacuation and the areas surrounding Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake are in in Level 1 (Ready) evacuation status.
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