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

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lower Deschutes Complex fires contained Sunday

Source: Central Oregon Incident Management Team.

The management of the Lower Deschutes Complex fires will transfer back to the local BLM unit Monday. Resources that have been determined as excess will be released and reassigned to the neighboring White Lightning Complex.

The Deschutes River is closed from Warm Springs put-in down through Harpham Flat due to the Youther Fire. For more information on this fire see the following link:

Devils Half Acre (1,245 acres) and Fall Canyon (2,702 acres) - Firefighters will continue to patrol. The one smoke located today on the Fall Canyon Fire was mopped-up.

Oak Canyon (640 acres) and Tygh Ridge (4,717 acres) - Patrol by aircraft. The one smoke that was located today on the Oak Canyon Fire was mopped-up.


Acres: 9,304
Containment: 100%
Location: 5 miles north of Maupin
Cause: Lightning
Start Date/Time: Reported August 19, 2010, 1015 hrs
Total personnel: 319
Crews: 7; Engines: 14; Helicopters: 1-light,1- medium, 1-heavy lift; Water tenders:6; and Overhead: 78

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