Central Oregon Fires Update
Central Oregon – Overnight crews responded to 7 new fire starts in Central Oregon. Three were reported in the Cabin Lake Area, two in the Wickiup Reservoir area and one each in the Odell Lake and Crescent Lake areas. As of early this morning responding forces reported no problems containing any of these new starts.
Central Oregon skies will remain very smoky as the upper elevation westerly winds continue to blow smoke from the wild fires burning in SW Oregon. A combination of a Fire Weather Watch and a Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Central Oregon Area for thunderstorms beginning Wednesday evening through Sunday. Local Initial Attack resources are fully staffed and available for immediate response to any new starts.
Update on the Green Ridge Fire which is burning 14 miles northwest of Sister, Oregon, is now at 620 acres and 30 percent containment with 483 personnel committed to this fire. There currently are no evacuations in place. Additional information is also available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3594/.
Due to fire suppression activities, the Deschutes National Forest has initiated an Emergency Closure in the area of the fire. Key areas included in the closure include:
Forest Road 14 from the 900 junction to the 1490 Junction
The East Metolius Trail
Lower Bridge Campground
Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery
Allen Springs Campground
Pioneer Ford Campground
These closures will remain in effect as long as needed for public and firefighter safety.
Campfire Restrictions have also been implemented effective August 2, 2013 on the Prineville District of Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland of the Ochoco National Forest. Specific information is available at www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville or www.fs.fed/us/r6/centraloregon