Central Oregon Fire Update
Central Oregon – Over the last 24 hours Initial Attack forces responded to 11 new fire starts and were successful containing them. Initial Response resources remain ready to respond to any new fire starts as they are reported. Air tankers which were focusing on the Green Ridge fire are now being shared with the Grouse Mountain Fire just North of John Day and new starts in the Vale area. A Fire Weather watch and Red Flag warning remain in place for the entire Central Oregon area for scattered thunderstorms beginning tonight through Sunday evening. Some of the storms may bring localized wetting rain.
In general the Central Oregon skies will remain smoky as the upper elevation westerly winds continue to blow smoke from the wild fires in SW Oregon which are combining with the local fires to create the current conditions. Air quality in the Camp Sherman area was described as light filtered smoke with fairly clear air in the valley bottoms. The latest air quality information is available at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/.
Update on the Green Ridge Fire which is burning 14 miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon is now about 958 acres and remains at 30% containment, with 620 personnel assigned. Overnight crews successfully completed a burn out operation along the southern flanks of the fire. This operation was visible from Camp Sherman. Later in the evening winds picked up and the eastern flank of the fire spread to the east with some spotting occurring up to ¾ of a mile. Today firefighters will focus on containing these new spots and construction of new firelines in efforts to corral this fire. There currently are no evacuations in place. Additional information is also available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3594/
For those wishing to visit the Camp Sherman area and enjoy the Metolius River, businesses are open and look forward to serving all your recreational needs. Six popular campgrounds remain open along the Metolius River, however three campgrounds are closed. They are Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, and Pioneer Ford Campgrounds.
A community meeting has been scheduled for this coming Friday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m. at the Camp Sherman Fire Hall. Members of the Incident Management Team and Deschutes National Forest Staff will present the latest information on the Green Ridge Fire. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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