Wednesday 3:15 p.m. UPDATE: Governor Kate Brown has invoked the Conflagration Act for the Akawana Fire, authorizing the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources. Two state task forces will begin work immediately, and two more are scheduled to start Thursday. The fire is threatening 1200 homes in the Three Rivers subdivision near Lake Billy Chinook. The conflagration was requested by Jefferson County Fire Defense Board Chief Brian Huff.
Wednesday 1 p.m. UPDATE: The Akawana has now forced the closure of Three Rivers Recreation Area Road 64, westbound from the Three Rivers Gate. This road travels to Perry South and Green Ridge. The fire has grown to 2,100 acres.
Wednesday 12 p.m. UPDATE: Officials have upgraded the evacuation notice to Level Two, which means residents of the Three Rivers Subdivision need to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Winds are picking up as the day progresses.
GENEVA, OR -- The Akawana Fire, burning southwest of Cove Palisades State Park in Jefferson County, has triggered a Level One evacuation notice for residents in the Three Rivers Subdivision outside of Culver. With a Level One evacuation notice, area residents are asked to be aware of the danger, monitor emergency services websites and local media for information.
The Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews are working to line the blaze, which has grown to several hundred acres in size 13 miles north of Sisters, as of Wednesday morning. The lightning caused fire was reported at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and is now 5% contained. Heavy dead and downed fuel, along with 15-20 MPH winds are helping grow the blaze.
Two fire suppression handcrews, three fire engines and three bulldozers are aggressively working gin the area with the aid of a variety of aerial support helicopters and planes.