Thursday, September 1, 2011

Breaking Fire Updates

Fires continue to rage, despite clear skies and cooler temps.

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:17 AM

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Fire officials have reopened Segment 1 of the Lower Deschutes, but it still doesn’t sound like going for a float would be a particularly good idea.

According to a report from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, the Razorback Fire (36,000 acres and counting. Part of the High Cascades Complex fire — the big-ass one that has consumed 76,000 acres) is still burning on both sides of the canyon (park your car at your own risk); there could still be hotspots, slow burns and scalding-hot rocks at the campsites; and helicopters will be flying overhead and scooping water for fire suppression. Sounds awesome. I think I’ll look elsewhere for recreation this weekend…

In other fire news: The Hancock Complex fire (near Clarno, in the North Central part of the state) is 80-percent contained but has consumed nearly 60,000 acres as of the middle of the day. Full containment is expected by 6pm tomorrow, Sept. 1.

A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) and a Long Term Assessment Team was brought in to help deal with the Shadow Lake Fire located within the Mt. Washington Wilderness (15 miles west of Sisters). The wildfire has already burned through nearly 500 acres of wilderness land. Closed are FS Roads 1028 and 1030 west to the edge of the Pacific Crest Trail as well as a portion of the Dry Creek Trail (the PCT will remain open).

Fire crews responded to three new fires today, the largest of which is burning downed timber just east of Prineville.

Find a map and fire info here.

Check here for road conditions/closures.

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