Central Oregon Fire Update
Central Oregon – Over the last 24 hours initial attack forces responded to 4 new fire starts in the Central Oregon area, all have been reported as less than 0.5 acres. Red Flag warning remain in place for the entire Central Oregon area for abundant lightning through Sunday evening. Some of the storms may bring localized wetting rain. Resources remain at the ready to respond to any new fire starts as they are reported.
Across the state new fire starts and existing fires require the combined efforts of all wildland firefighters in the region. This includes federal, state, tribal, contractors and cooperators who provide fire suppression assets like aircraft, equipment and firefighters. These assets continue to be shifted around the region as fire priorities are set and adjusted throughout the day. Firefighter and public safety are the highest priorities. Communities; infrastructure, such as transmission lines; and economic concerns, such as industrial timber lands, are also high priorities.
Update on the Green Ridge Fire which is burning 14 miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon is now about 1150 acres and is 50% contained, with 581 personnel assigned. Full containment is expected Sunday evening August 11. Overnight crews continued the burn out operations along the southwest and western flanks and started mop up on the far eastern flanks. Those efforts will continue today, and residents in the Camp Sherman area will see the burnout operations. There currently are no evacuations in place. Additional information is also available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3594/.
For the latest air quality information visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/.
A community meeting is scheduled for today, 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.
Businesses are open and look forward to serving your recreational needs, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Camp Sherman area and enjoy the Metolius River. Six popular campgrounds remain open along the Metolius River, however three campgrounds are closed. The Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, and Pioneer Ford Campgrounds remain closed.