Friday, July 18, 2014

FIRE NEWS, from Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Ochoco Complex- New Complex
Ochoco National Forest Service
Prineville BLM
Oscar Fire
17 miles E of Post

Lava Fire
Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

Fox Fire
3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study area, near FS Road 4230.

Broadway Fire
S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

Antelope Fire
Located near Antelope Spring, 3 miles E of FS Road 22 along FS Road 900
315 acres
80% contained

The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Porter Spring, and #381) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area. All fires are believed to have started by lightning on Sunday, July 13.

The Ochoco National Forest has ordered a Type 2 Incident Management Team which is expected to take command of fire operations tomorrow, Saturday, July 19.

Donnybrook Fire (formerly #377 and #319 fires)
Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association
Oregon Department of Forestry
11 miles SW of Antelope
3,000 acres
Fire is on private land protected by the Ash Butte Rural Fire Protection Association; Oregon Department of Forestry managing the fire as it moving towards ODF protected lands
Black Rock Fire – CORRECTED it is not a part of Pine Creek Complex
Private lands
3 miles NW of Clarno
14,000 acres
The fire primarily is burning on unprotected private lands. BLM is assisting landowners by providing point protection to homes and the highway.
Bridge 99 Complex
Deschutes National Forest
Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

Bear Butte 2 (formerly #318) – adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

6,369 acres
5% contained

Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire. For more information on the fire: or phone: 541-549-3219.

Firefighters had a successful burnout on the SW side of the fire. Three helicopters are expected to aid in the suppression efforts today. The fire continues to stay west of FS Road 1190.

EVACUATIONS in place: Level 3 from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (Metolius Arm) and Level 2 for Three Rivers Subdivision. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is managing the evacuations. Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford, Monty and Perry South campgrounds are closed. People going to the area may experience additional closures in the area with fire activity and traffic increasing.

New Closure Order for the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is in place. New closures are the Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1), Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trail and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area.
Waterman Complex
Oregon Department of Forestry
Ochoco National Forest
Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).
Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).
Junction Springs

6,020 acres
35% contained

Bailey Butte
3,800 acres
5% contained

Toney Butte
2,200 acres
60% contained

Junction Springs
20 acres
100% contained

Multiple fires are being managed as a complex. A Type II Incident Management Team has taken over management of the fire. For more information, visit:

Despite challenging conditions with the Red Flag Warning yesterday crews were able to make good progress on the fire.

CHANGE! Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

EVACUATIONS: A Level II Evacuation Notice for the Marks Creek area by Crook County Sherriff’s Office remains in place.

Hwy 26 remains closed 16 miles E of Prineville from mile post 35-53 due to the wildfire and the potential of burned trees landing on the highway.
Pine Creek Complex
Now includes:
Pine Creek Fire
Jack Knife Fire

Sherman County
Prineville BLM
#364/#368 – 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

Jack Knife- Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

15,185 acres

12,856 acres
30% contained

A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) l assumed command of this fire complex. Firefighters worked yesterday to establish a line on the south side of the fire and used aircraft to hold the fire. A contingency line on the west was also reinforced.

EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Sheriff Dept. issued Level II Evacuation Orders for scattered homes in the Brush Creek area near Twickenham.

The John Day River remains open; however, people recreating on the river should be aware that helicopters may be working in the area and dipping into the river and use appropriate caution.
Center Fire
Prineville BLM
3 miles NE of Post.
Private and
1,600 acres
25% contained
Good progress was made on the fire yesterday. No new information of the fire today.
Shaniko Butte
Warm Springs Reservation
12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

25,000 acre
10% containment
Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire. Resources from the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and the BIA are working on the fire. Burlington-Northern has provided a firefighting unit that accesses fires via rail. Oregon National Guard is providing two Chinook helicopters and two Blackhawk helicopters to support firefighting efforts.

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at

The BLM has CLOSED the Lower Deschutes River, approximately 31 river miles to all day and overnight use from Trout Creek to Long Bend due to the fire. Rafters are still able to put in above Trout Creek or below big Bend.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company has shut down freight hauling on its Oregon Trunk line adjacent to the Deschutes River.
Ward Canyon
Private lands
South Sherman County
8 miles west of Antelope
Estimated at 15,000 acres
The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.
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