The newest Central Oregon fire, the Alder Springs Fire about five miles southwest of Culver, has now consumed over 1500 acres. The fire was first reported early Thursday afternoon, and Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch spokesman Bill Queen says the firefighters' early attack prevented the fire from reaching any structures. He says although today's weather was hot again, winds do not be an issue and weekend weather should be helpful. "Winds don't appear to be what's contributing to the overall growth of the fire. Unseasonably high temperatures and low relative humidity and associated dry fuels. that's what's really contributing to the growth of the fire. We do expect more normal weather to move into the area on Sunday as a passing cold front, which would being cooler temperatures and a chance of showers being forecasted." Currently, Forest Road 6360 is closed as well as the Alder Springs Trailhead and trail.
About 180 firefighters are on the scene and Valerie Reed with C.O.O.D says there is about a 40% containment at nightfall. She says crews will attempt a 100 foot mop up 100 feet from the line.
A much welcome cold front is due to move into our area by Sunday afternoon, not only bringing relief for firefighters, but possible some rain to help with the fight.