BEND –The Nash Fire, burning approximately 4 miles from Elk Lake, experienced minimal growth yesterday. Some light rain is expected on the fire today.
Firefighters anticipate another 3 to 4 days of clearing vegetation along the Cascade Lakes Highway (Forest Road 46), which will create an opportunity should the fire move east for firefighters to protect the infrastructure around Elk and Hosmer Lakes and Cascade Lakes Highway.
Approximately 100 firefighters are working on the Nash Fire under command of the Type 1 Incident Management Team (Southwest Team 1). Incident Commander Bea Day along with Deschutes National Forest leadership is managing the 6,159 acre fire.
Direct action on the fire continues to be hampered by the steep terrain and safety hazards for firefighters. Crews will take direct action on the fire when they can safely engage.
There is a Red Flag Warning again today, Thursday, for abundant lightning. The smoke and cloud cover should moderate fire activity but there is still the potential for strong outflow winds associated with thunderstorms which could increase fire activity.
Evacuation Notifications for the NASH FIRE:
Level Two (Be Set): 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 (Be Ready): Lava Lake Resort, Lava Lake CG, and Little Lava Lake CG.
For information on these evacuation notifications, you can call the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.
Sign up for Deschutes County emergency alerts at http://bit.ly/2f3NWMA. Contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 693‐6911 or visit https://sheriff.deschutes.org for more information.
For fire information on the Nash Fire, please call 541-719-8371 or email: WillametteWildfires2017@gmail.com.
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