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Central Oregon Fire Update, Thursday morning from COIDC

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update


Central Oregon –Significant growth on large several fires continues to challenge firefighters.  Predicted wind across Central Oregon is expected to push fires through the day and evening


A Red Flag Warning for high winds and low relative humidity issued by The National Weather Service in Pendleton isl in effect through 11 p.m. Friday.


Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, BLM, and the Forest Service, and numerous contract companies are engaged throughout the area and adjacent areas.


Fire Name




Bridge 99 Complex

Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.



Bear Butte 2 (formerly #318) – adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

Deschutes NF

 1,800 acres







1,600 acres



The Bridge 99 Fire is on Green Ridge burning in steep terrain. The Green Ridge Fire lookout remains secure. The fire jumped a fire line to the north and caused significant growth in the fire overnight. 

Bear Butte 2 fire (formerly #318) is actively burning into a remote area of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and onto Warm Springs Reservation.


Lower Bridge, Allen Springs and Pioneer Ford campgrounds remain closed.  People going to the area may experience additional closures in the area with fire activity and traffic increasing. New Closure Order for the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is in place.  New closures are the Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1), Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trai and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary at tAAS, R8E, Section 8 (Cathedral Rocks Area).

Jack Knife

Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley. 

Prineville BLM

6,130 acres  

Jack Knife jumped fire lines and over the John Day River today. Expect increase in acreage reported in the AM.

The fire has pushed east due to predicted winds out of the west today.

Helicopters continue to support firefighting efforts on the ground.

People recreating on the John Day River should be aware that helicopters may be working in the area and dipping into the river and use appropriate caution. At this point, there are no closures on the river.

Waterman Complex

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).

Oregon Department of Forestry

4,319 acres

28% containment

Multiple fires are being managed as a complex. A Type II Incident Management Team took over this incident on 7/15.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/


Fire Information Phone #: 541-462-3140

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com


ODOT has closed Hwy 26 from mile post 50 to 56 due to the wildfire and the potential of burned trees landing on the highway.  Please check ODOT’s  Tripcheck for updates/

Pine Creek

#364 – 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area


#368 – 15 miles south of Fossil, south east of Coffin Point

Prineville BLM

5,000 acres

Pine Creek is considered one incident, though it is two fires


Pine Creek fire jumped containment lines and has made significant runs to the east due to the predicted winds this afternoon.

Oscar Canyon

In the North Fork Wilderness Study Area 17 miles east of Post, OR.

Prineville BLM

315 acres

Oscar Canyon fire was mapped by firefighters, which is why the acreage has increased.


Firefighters have held the fire within containment lines and have been assisted by a helicopter working the area. It is 40% contained.

Center Fire

(Formerly the Bonneview Ranch Fire (297)

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and Prineville BLM

1,500 acres

Fire is approximately 25 % contained and firefighters have been able to stop forward progression of this fire.


The Post/Paulina Rural Fire Protection Association were initial responders to this fire and have received assistance from federal resources.

Shaniko Butte

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.


Oregon Incident Management Team 1 took over management of this fire at 6:00 a.m. today.


For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190. Or look for information on at  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3960/


Aerial resources could possibly use the Deschutes River as a water source for the firefighting effort. River users should be alert to the possibility of helicopters dipping water from the Deschutes River.


8 miles west of Antelope

Estimated at 1,500 acres

Fire was reported 7/14/2014 at 9:14 a.m.


Fire has been managed to this point by South Sherman County, which has the lead for suppression efforts. BLM is assisting with a task force of engines in the area.



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