SUNRIVER, OR -- Firefighters continue to make progress on the Sheridan fire, burning southwest of Sunriver. After initial reports that it had grown to more than 300 acres, fire managers later downgraded that estimate to about 170 acres. By Thursday night, it had grown slightly to 200 acres and was 25% contained. The wildfire was first spotted Wednesday afternoon. Its cause is under investigation.
Thursday morning, a wind gust carried burning embers across containment lines, creating a two-acre spot fire in unburned fuel near the Sheridan Fire. A quick response by fire crews, including helicopter and air tanker support, kept the new fire from growing.
A Level I evacuation notice remains in effect for homes in the Fall River Estates subdivision and properties near the Fall River Fish Hatchery. The Deschutes River remains closed between Harper's Bridge and the Sunriver Resort Marina as a safety precaution, to allow helicopters to dip water out of the river for fire suppression.