Central Oregon Fire Update
Central Oregon – No new fires were reported to COIDC overnight Monday. Four fires were staffed overnight with smoke jumpers and rappellers. Two fires are within the 3 Sisters Wilderness, 1 just east of Waldo Lake Wilderness and 1 by Windigo Lake all within the Deschutes National Forest.
Local IA forces continue checking on all the recent fires to ensure they are out and responding to holdover fires from the lightning storms of last week. Amazingly they continue responding to abandoned illegal campfires across the area. A ban is still in effect on open fires, including charcoal fires on the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland of the Ochoco National Forest. Campfires are prohibited except in hosted and developed campgrounds. A list is available on either of these two web sites http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/ or http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/index.php. These restrictions do not apply to affected Wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.
For public and firefighter safety the Area Forest Closure is still in effect within the Green Ridge fire boundary, and roads within the fire perimeter remain closed to public travel. For details and updates please visit the Deschutes National Forest web site http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices
The Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River Ranger District is working a fire located just off the Old McKenzie Pass Highway 242, between Hand Lake and Scott Lake. For current information you may call (541)822-3381 or (503)-854-4210. Fire updates will be posted on the Willamette National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/willamette.
Staffing is slowly decreasing as mop up objectives are met on the Geneva 14 fire located on Oregon Department of Forestry protection 1 mile south of Fly Lake. For current information please call Central Oregon Department of Forestry Information at 503-302-7088.
A Fire Weather Watch has been posted for Central Oregon effective Thursday morning through Friday evening for scattered thunderstorms with abundant lightning. Winds from the north to northeast at 5 to 10 mph are in the forecast for the afternoons through Wednesday. Relative humidity will decrease a little more each day as temperatures remain in the high 80’s.