Thursday, August 1, 2013

More Fires Follow Last Night's Lightning

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

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Just because it's raining, doesn't mean there can't be fires. According to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, area fire crews had responded to 48 separate incidents as of this morning. Storms in Central Oregon started yesterday afternoon and continued through the night.

The lightning display made for some great front porch beer sipping but was causing headaches for fire suppression teams. Some fires have been extinguished, but at least 17 continue to burn.

Here's what's on fire:
-5 small fires on Little Round Top Mountain on the border of the Willamette National Forest and the Deschutes National Forest.
-2 fires west of Cultus Mountain
-1 fire NE of Odell Butte
-1 fire one mile NE of the Junction of the Forest Roads 46 and 41
-4 small fires north of Suttle Lake
-2 fire 2 miles NE of Trout Creek Butte
-1 fire on Green Ridge
-1 fire 2 miles north of the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 23

Additionally, Lower Bridge Campground (near Green Ridge in the Sisters Ranger District) is closed. A larger fire, five miles NE of Sisters, was threatening the Squaw Creek Canyon Estates, but a line has been dug around the private development and crews are actively protecting the land.

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