The Ice Cave Fire is holding at 120 acres south of Bend off of China Hat Road. 100 firefighters are fighting the blaze, which is mainly on wildland.
The Butte Fire in Douglas County…south of Bend is now at 100 acres and is now 8 % contained. It is burning on both the Deschutes National Forest and the Umpqua National Forest just north of the Mount Thielsen Wilderness and has closed approximately 12 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. The fire in burning in steep terrain with dead and down timber and is challenging firefighting efforts due to a lack of safety zones and lookouts. 249 firefighters are on this fire.
The Oregon portion of the Holloway Fire is near the southeast corner of the state near the Nevada border. Firefighters are working in difficult terrain to strengthen fire lines, conduct mop up operations, and patrolling to make sure the fire stays within the containment lines.
A “Red Flag Warning” is in effect for all of the fire areas. In Central Oregon, isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible through this afternoon and evening. Cloud cover is inhibiting heating over the area, but expect thunderstorms to develop behind the band of clouds later this afternoon.
Abundant lightning will be possible and very little rain is expected with the storms.