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Note: The info line number is expected to change today, please monitor social media for this

update.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has ordered Level III Evacuation Notices for the following

areas:

• Skyliners Road area outside of the City of Bend (approximately 50 residences.)

Level II Evacuation Notices are in effect for the following areas:

• Area south of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington, and north of Century Drive.

• Saddleback Subdivision on both sides of Johnson Road (lowered from Level III yesterday evening.)

Level I Evacuation Notices have been issued for the following areas:

• Remainder of Northwest Crossing (the area east of Mt. Washington Drive).

• Residents in the area north of Shevlin Park, west of Mt. Washington Drive.

Displaced residents in need of a place to stay or other resources are encouraged to report to the American Red Cross shelter located at High Desert Middle School located at 61111 27th Street. Red

Cross information can also be obtained by calling 541-382-2142.

A livestock shelter has been opened at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR.

The following road closures remain in place: All of 4606, 1610, Skyline Forest, 4601, 4603, and

Tumalo Falls.

Current Fire Information

Good progress was made both yesterday during the day and night with firefighters taking advantage of some calmer weather conditions. The priority of securing fireline around the eastern and

southern portions of the fire was met and it is anticipated that hoselines will be put into place along that line by the end of today with some mop-up activities commencing there. Some of the available crews from the east flank divisions were reassigned to the western flank of the fire today to help in securing fireline on that portion. Structure protection task forces mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act continue to work around the threatened structures and have contingency plans in place to help protect the watershed facilities if the fire jumps containment lines.

Dry weather conditions will continue to keep temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s and relative humidity dipping below 20%. The main concern for today will be hold the lines on the

southern portion of the fire and out of the City of Bend’s watershed, as winds are forecasted to get gusty from the northwest at 10-18 mph in the afternoon as a weak upper level disturbance moves

over the area.

• 6,800 acres consisting of heavy brush and timber

• 250 homes threatened with 50 remaining under Level III Evacuation

• No structures lost or damaged

• No injuries

• Cause under investigation

• 5% containment

• 11 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers, and 708 personnel assigned to the fire

• Estimated costs to date- $1.23 million

Public Information Meeting

An informational meeting open to all public and media will be held Monday evening at 6:00 pm at

Bend High School, located at 230 NE 6th St in Bend. Fire representatives will give a current and expected fire briefing and will be available to address questions and concerns.

Additional Information

The fire is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident

Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team

(Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire

Marshal’s Office, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, American Red

Cross, Bend-La Pine School District, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

 

Evacuation Levels Explained

Level I (Ready)-

Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, and monitor local media outlets for

information. Residents with special needs, such as those susceptible to breathing problems in

wildfires or those with animals and pets, should take note and begin making arrangements to

evacuate. For wildfires, smoke can often cause the most problems for residents, especially those sensitive to smoke. Evacuations at this time are voluntary.

Level II (Set)-

This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily

relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. For those that choose to

remain, they should be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Access into the area is typically

controlled by law enforcement. Law enforcement may also decide to not allow residents back into the area once they leave.

Level III (Go)-

This level means to leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and your life

safety cannot be guaranteed. Residents should listen to local media, and watch for emergency

personnel who may be coming by to give further instructions regarding the evacuation

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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