FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: July 28, 2013 5:15 p.m.
Browns Creek Fire
Central Oregon – A fire, which started at approximately 1 p.m., near Browns Creek on Wickiup Reservoir kept firefighters busy through the afternoon growing from 2 acres to approximately 40 acres by 5 p.m.
Campers at Sheep Bridge campground, areas adjacent to Forest Road 4280 (Forest spur roads 100 and 700), Gull Point Campground and South Twin Lake were evacuated throughout the afternoon with North Twin Lake area being put on notice for evacuation. Forest Road 42, off of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, was closed at approximately 3 p.m. for fire traffic and safety concerns.
Resources on the fire included 3 helicopters, 9 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, a 20 person hand crew, Redmond hotshots, and both Deschutes County and Forest Service law enforcement personnel
More resources will continue to be assigned to the fire, including handcrews coming off of other local fire assignments. A Type 3 team is expected to take over the fire early tomorrow morning.
Crews also assisted Jefferson County on a fire around 2 p.m. near Madras that threatened structures. The fire was contained; however, one structure was burned.
Conditions remain hot and dry around Central Oregon. Fire officials remind the public to be careful with their campfires. Always watch or attend your campfire, and completely extinguish it upon leaving.