Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Devil's Half Acre fire moves to federal team command; closures now in effect

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Due to fire activity associated with the Devil’s Half Acre fire, the White River Falls State Park and the Oak Springs Fish Hatchery, located on the west side of the lower Deschutes River, have been evacuated. Heavy helicopters continue to dip water out of the Deschutes River for fire suppression purposes. Developed recreation sites located on the east side of the river remain open at this time, as is Deschutes River.

The Central Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Mark Rapp has been ordered and was scheduled to take command of the fire incident at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Command has been established at the Dufur School.

A recommendation was made to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office to prepare affected residents for a potential evacuation. At this stage, residents should consider gathering up any valuable papers and non-replaceable items, medications, and an overnight bag with personal effects as a preparatory action. The evacuation preparations are directed at residents of Maupin, and developed recreation sites on the east side of the Deschutes River from White River south to Maupin, including Sandy Beach, Oak Springs, Lower Blue Hole, Blue Hole Grey Eagle, Oasis and Maupin and the BLM Maupin Visitor Center.

Note to pilots and news media - a Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect at 5,000 feet above sea level in a five-mile radius around the incident.

The Bureau of Land Management has closed several recreation areas affected by the fire. The order listing specific sites is found at:

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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