Central Oregon Fire Update
Central Oregon – Over the last 12 hours in excess of 350 lightning strikes have been recorded in the Central Oregon area. The Dispatch Center has been very busy recording smoke reports and dispatching resources. Most of the available air resources have been temporarily grounded due to thunder cells or heavy rain showers where they are located. When the weather clears they will be launched to deliver repellers and smoke jumpers to many of the smoke reports. The Katalo Butte area southwest of Bend has 6 reported smokes one of the more heavily impacted areas. The other smoke reports are scattered over the Central Oregon region. Currently all fires appear to be small and updated information will be available tomorrow morning.
Update on the Green Ridge Fire which is burning 14 miles northwest of Sisters, Oregon is now about 1307 acres and is 75% contained, with 535 personnel assigned. Full containment is expected Sunday evening August 11. Light rain fell over the fire area this afternoon. Today crews made excellent progress with line improvement and mop up along the eastern flank. The burn out operation along the southwestern flank is going well and will continue tonight if weather conditions allow. There currently are no evacuations in place. A new area closure was implemented last night east of the fire area. Forest Road 11 remains open. Visit the Deschutes National Forest web site for details. http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices. Additional fire information is also available at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3594/.
A Memorial for John Hammack has been scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday August 13, 2013 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.
For the latest air quality information visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/. For additional air quality information and an explanation of the data visit http://www.epa.gov/airnow/aqi_brochure_08-09.pdf
For current state road information call 511 or visit Oregon State Department of Transportation at http://www.tripcheck.com
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.
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