JOHN DAY, OR -- Despite a slow start to Central Oregon’s wildfire season, local crews are helping with several fires burning elsewhere in the state. The Prineville Hotshots are working the Rail Fire (pictured), east of John Day. The blaze was first reported July 31, and has now grown to more than 7,000 acres; it’s just 5% contained.
The Bybee Creek Fire has burned more than a thousand acres near Crater Lake, since it began July 28. It’s 12% contained. And, the 15-acre Neal Creek Fire, eight miles south of Hood River is now 50% contained.