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COIDC Friday morning update

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update


Central Oregon - Firefighters continue to respond to existing and new wildfires throughout Central Oregon.  A Red Flag Warning today for breezy winds and low relative humidity for much of Central and Eastern Oregon is expected to cause significant growth in fires, particularly fires burning primarily in rangeland habitats.


Fire Name




Black Rock Fire – CORRECTED it is not a part of Pine Creek Complex

3 miles NW of Clarno

14,000 acres

BLM assumed control of the fire yesterday.  The fire was previously burning on unprotected private lands and has now burned onto public lands.

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

6,369 acres

5% contained









Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/#  or phone: 541-549-3219.


Firefighters had a successful burnout on the SW side of the fire.  Three helicopters are expected to aid in the suppression efforts today.  The fire continues to stay west of FS Road 1190.


EVACUATIONS in place:  Level 3 from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (Metolius Arm) and Level 2 for Three Rivers Subdivision.  Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is managing the evacuations. Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford, Monty and Perry South campgrounds are 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 Trail and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area.

Waterman Complex

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

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

Junction Springs

Oregon Department of Forestry

6,020 acres

35% contained




Bailey Butte

3,800 acres

5% contained


Toney Butte

2,200 acres

60% contained


Junction Springs

20 acres

100% contained



Multiple fires are being managed as a complex. A Type II Incident Management Team has taken over management of the fire. For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/


Despite challenging conditions with the Red Flag Warning yesterday crews were able to make good progress on the fire.


CHANGE! Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com


EVACUATIONS:  A Level II Evacuation Notice for the Marks Creek area by Crook County Sherriff’s Office remains in place.


Hwy 26 remains closed 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. A Level III evacuation order remains in place for the Marks Creek area and Level II for West Branch Road.

Pine Creek Complex

Now includes:

Pine Creek Fire

 Jack Knife Fire


#364/#368 – 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area





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

Sherman County 

Prineville BLM



15,185 acres








12,856 acres

30% contained








 A Type II Rocky Mountain Team will assume command of this fire at 0600 tomorrow morning. High temperatures and afternoon winds caused active fire behavior on all fires within this complex this afternoon. Incident 364 and 368 have burned together. Wheeler County Sheriff Dept. issued Level II Evacuation Orders for scattered homes in the Brush Creek area near Twickenham.


The Jack Knife Fire is now burning on both sides of the John Day River and has been added to the Pine Creek Complex.   Moderate fireThe river remains open; however, 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.

Oscar Canyon

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

Prineville BLM

315 acres

80% contained

Fire#386 on the Ochoco NF is burning close to the Oscar Canyon fire and the two fires may impact each other during a day with expected high fire activity.

Center Fire

(Formerly the Bonneview Ranch Fire (297)

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and Prineville BLM

1,600 acres

25% contained

Good progress was made on the fire yesterday.  No new information of the fire today.

Shaniko Butte

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

Warm Springs Reservation

20,000 acres

Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Resources from the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and the BIA are working on the fire. Burlington-Northern has provided a firefighting unit that accesses fires via rail.


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/


The BLM has CLOSED the Lower Deschutes River to all day and overnight use from Trout Creek to Long Bend due to the fire.

Ward Canyon (formerly #347)

8 miles west of Antelope

Estimated at 15000 acres

The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.

Incident #377

Private – Ash Butte Rangeland Protection Association/Oregon Dept. of Forestry

12 miles SW of Clarno

Estimated at

6,000 acres.

Fire is on private land protected by the Ash Butte Rural Fire Protection Association; Oregon Department of Forestry will provide assistance on 7/18. As will most fires today, the fire grew quickly and burned in grass, sagebrush and juniper.




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