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Fire Update: The rain helped, the lightning didn't

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update
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Central Oregon- A Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning is in effect until 5 p.m. this afternoon for lands within the Central Oregon management area. From approximately 3 p.m. yesterday through this morning 59 new incidents were reported to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. Many of those incidents were single trees or small acreages and were lined and contained quickly. The Cline Buttes area near Redmond and the Ochoco National Forest received the most reports of new incidents.

Crews will continue to respond to incidents and monitor areas for new starts. If the weather over the weekend warms, as it is predicted, the Central Oregon area could see new fire starts despite the rain that came through with the recent lightning.

Fire Name Location Size (ESTIMATES) Activity
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 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

5,915 acres TOTAL
50% contained

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

Due to decreased fire activity, evacuation levels have been reduced and some closures have been lifted.

EVACUATIONS: All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are at a Level 2 Evacuation Order. The Three Rivers Subdivision is at a Level 1 Evacuation Order. The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are at a Level I Evacuation Order.

Monty and Perry South Campgrounds are REOPENED.

CLOSURES: Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400/700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/118 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140 an Forest Road 1420400. 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 are closed.
Center Fire
Prineville BLM
Post-Paulina RFPA 3 miles NE of Post.
Private and 2,515 acres
30% contained No additional updated information.
Logging Unit Fires
Warm Springs Reservation
Mt. Hood National Forest
Deschutes National Forest North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire

Haily Butte
Camas Prairie/ Logging Unit
Bear Butte 2 – North
10,350 acres
20% containment

108 acres
6,261 acres

3,864 acres
116 acres Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2.

For more information on the web:

NEW Public Information Line: 541-777-2862

From the Cascade Crest east across the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, between 1,500-1,700 lightning strikes were received yesterday afternoon and evening. As weather warms in the coming days, an increase in initial attack activity is expected.

EVACUATIONS: A Level 2 Notification has been issued to the residents of the Sid Walter Flat Area. Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification. The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road.

CLOSURES: The Mt Hood NF will be lifting the closure on the Ollalie Scenic Area today.

Closures that apply to public with the exception of local residents: B-180/Hwy 26 Jct., B-160/Hwy 26 Jct., B-140/Hwy26 Jct. Closures that apply to all public: b-160 near the B-165 Jct., County Line Rd at the end of the pavemet, J-100 at the Tenino Rd/J-100 Jct.

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)
Ochoco Complex-
Ochoco National Forest Service
Prineville BLM

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

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire
3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study

Broadway Fire
S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

Antelope Fire
3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900 6,333 acres TOTAL

191 acres
45% contained

6,116 Acres 18% contained

53 acres 100% contained

21 acres
100% contained Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires. The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area.

CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area. The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at:
Pine Creek Complex
Now includes:
Pine Creek Fire
Jack Knife Fire
Black Rock Fire
Donny Brook Fire

Sherman County
Oregon Department of Forestry
Prineville BLM
Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association
Private lands

Donnybrook Fire
11 miles SW of Antelope

Black Rock Fire
3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

Pine Creek Fire
11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

Jack Knife Fire 8 miles SE of Grass Valley. 102,002acres TOTAL

22,763 acres
80% contained

35,731 acres
85% contained

30,245 acres
80% contained

13,263 acres
100% contained A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires.

All the fires received varying amounts of rain yesterday. Concerns for today are continued lightning and high winds during operations. Crews extinguished two lightning-caused small fires, totaling about 3 acres, yesterday.

NEW Public Information Line: 541-763-0917. This line will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NEW Information available on the web:
Donny Brook Fire:
Black Rock Fire:
Pine Creek Fire:
Jack Knife Fire:

Shaniko Butte
Warm Springs Reservation 12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.
40,575 acre
75% containment Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire. Crews completed four miles of burnout along the S-210 Road at the southernmost boundary of the fire.

The reported acreage of the fire was reduced by nearly 2000 acres when the smoke lifted and it was realized that the unburned area in the southeast portion f the fire was larger than estimated.

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

All EVACUATIONS and CLOSURES associated with the Shaniko Butte Fire have been lifted.
Sunflower Fire
Umatilla National Forest

10 miles NNE of Monument 7,146 acres
65% containment A cold front brought cooler temperatures, showers, and thunderstorms over the fire area yesterday. Fire activity limited to ground fire and isolated tree torching, smoldering, and creeping inside the fire perimeter was observed. Crews made excellent progress extinquishing hot spots and securing line in the southern portion of the fire. Crews also made good progress conducting mop-up and dozer line repair in the northern portion of the fire.

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at

CLOSURES: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 22 from the junction with NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 in Section 23, T6S, R26E to the south and east to the Section 20 & Section 21 border; thence southerly along the Section 20 & Section 21 border from the NFSR 22, Section 20 & 21 border junction to the NFSR 22 where it crosses the Section 29 & Section 28; thence south westerly on NFSR 22 to the junction with NFSR 23 in Section 29, T7S, R27; thence west on NFSR 23 to the junction with NFSR 2128 in Section 25 of T7S, R26E; thence northerly on NFSR 2128 to where it intersects with the Morrow County OHV park boundary on the northwest corner of Section 2, T7S, R26E; thence easterly and northerly along the boundary of OHV park to where the OHV park boundary meets the NFSR 22 road on the boundary of Section 23 & Section 26, T6S, R26E; thence northerly to the NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 junction in Section 23, T6S, R26E.
Ward Canyon
South Sherman County 8 miles west of Antelope Estimated at 15,000 acres The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.
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
12,520 acres TOTAL
80% contained

Bailey Butte
10,276 acres
80% contained

Toney Butte
2,200 acres
100% contained

Junction Springs
15 acres
100% contained

.25 acres
100% contained
Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is managing this incident.

Hwy 26 between Prineville and Mitchell has REOPENED to two way travel. There is a restricted speed of 35 MPH and vehicle headlights are required when travelling through the area. Stopping within the fire zone is not allowed.

For more information, visit:

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321
Email: [email protected]

EVACUATIONS: The Marks Creek Evacuation Notice was lifted today. The West Branch Notice was lifted yesterday.

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750. Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

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