SISTERS, OR -- Monday evening’s brush fire southeast of Sisters serves as a reminder that conditions are ripe for wildfire. "We are at a level of extreme fire danger right now, because of our fuel moistures that we’re constantly checking. To put it bluntly, we’re in the heart of fire season in Central Oregon. This is what we’ve come to expect in August and early September," says Jean Nelson Dean, with the Deschutes National Forest.
The Fryrear Fire was spotted shortly after 5 p.m., on BLM land on the west side of Fryrear Road. High winds and dry conditions quickly pushed it to 8.4 acres, as of Tuesday morning. Crews expect it to be fully contained by Tuesday evening. Nelson Dean tells KBND News a joint effort between crews on the ground and in the air protected homes in the Cascade Estates area. "The beauty for Deschutes County is that we have great connections between all of the structural firefighting resources from all the different communities, as well as the Federal, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Sheriff’s Department. We all work pretty close together, so the response is pretty quick mostly because we’re in constant communication. Throughout the year, we regularly work together."
Nelson Dean says that – while the cause of the Fryrear Fire is not yet known – most of the recent fires have been human caused. "It’s August. We have really dry fuels, we just need people to really take care. I want to use an example of a group of folks a week or two ago – they put water on it, they thought they’d done the right thing, they left and came back and it had burned up. It could’ve burned up their dog and their camper and a couple of other things, but we did have resources on it. They really had the best intentions. But, the thing is, when you put a fire out, it needs to be cold to the touch."
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