Incident Management Team 3Link Smith, Incident Commander
Sisters, OR – All evacuation notices for the Akawana Fire will officially be lifted at 10 a.m. today. Residents not only affected by this fire, but throughout Oregon, are encouraged to treat fire season as if they are under a Level 1 evacuation notice by being ready and prepared in the event a fire impacts their community. Residents can get ready by assembling emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place, planning escape routes and ensuring all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Learn more by visiting www.wildfires.org.
The fire has burned 2,094 acres and is currently 72 percent contained. Total firefighting costs at this point are about $2.3 million.
Firefighters anticipate another favorable day of weather for mop-up operations into the fire’s interior. Stronger winds are expected to return to the area tomorrow, which will serve as a mild test for the fire staying within its current footprint. Crews working on this fire are also available to help local resources, should any new fires occur within the area.
Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.
For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.