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Black Butte Fire Erupts


Emergency crews near Black Butte Ranch were on standby Sunday afternoon in case they needed to evacuate the ranch. A new fire was spotted around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, burning north of Mt. Washington within the Mt. Washington Wilderness, 15 miles west of Sisters and about eight miles west of Black Butte Ranch. The smoke plume was visible over a wide area, including Santiam Pass travelers. The Shadow Lake Fire had burned about 350 acres by sunset, but officials said crews stopped forward progress to the east.

 
The fire is surrounded by numerous fire scars that will help firefighters contain the blaze, though there are still several pockets of unburned fuel between the fire scars and the fire itself.
 
Fire spokesperson Lisa Clark said despite the small size, it was being staffed as a "priority fire" due to the history of significant wildfires in the area over the years, several of which have prompted evacuations or evacuation alerts at the Black Butte Ranch resort west of Sisters.
 
Warm Springs Fires
 
Four large wildfires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation have now burned more than 32,000 acres, and the threat to nearly 200 homes has prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to invoke the state’s Conflagration Act.
 

The Office of State Fire Marshal has mobilized four task forces to assist with protection of threatened structures.   About 190 homes are threatened because of those fires and others, the air quality in Bend was declared unsafe yesterday morning. Bend Doctor Adam Williams has some advice: “People who are susceptible, people with asthma, other respirator conditions, I definitely advise saying indoors as much as possible. Make sure they have their inhalers, many people are on daily controller inhalers, and those definitely need to be used. Make sure that they are using them is they have stopped using them. And then havng a rescue inhaler on hand.” The Razorback Fire on the northeast corner of the Reservation was estimated Sunday evening at 20,239 acres. It jumped the Deschutes River and was burning on private and BLM land between Highway 197 and the river.

 

 

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