FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
August 4, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Media Desk, 541/416-6811 Website: www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire
New Fires in Central Oregon
Central Oregon – Firefighters are working on a blaze approximately 11½ miles south of Brothers, Oregon. The fire, on Bureau of Land Management lands, is burning in juniper, grass, and sagebrush, and is threatening power lines owned by Midstate Electric. The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation. Four engines are on scene to fight the fire, with retardant being dropped by several Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT’s). The blaze was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m.
Another fire this afternoon, located on the Deschutes National Forest near Summit Lake, reached about 1½ acres, and is being suppressed by an engine crew with the aid of a load of smokejumpers. The fire was caused by lightning.
And late this afternoon, a smoke reported on Black Crater in the Three Sisters Wilderness is being staffed by smokejumpers. No other information is available at this time.
The Green Ridge Fire, burning 14 miles NW of Sisters, Oregon, is 150 acres, and is 25% contained. Fire managers reported successful burnout operations on the fire today. Full containment is expected on Wednesday, Aug 7th.
Emergency road closures in the vicinity of the Green Ridge Fire that were put in place on Friday remain in effect. Three campgrounds remain closed for public safety along the lower portion of the Metolius River within the basin. Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, and Allen Springs campgrounds will remain closed until further notice.
A public meeting will be held on Monday evening at 6:30 pm at the Camp Sherman Fire Hall.