LAKEVIEW, OR -- The Ana Fire was first reported late Saturday afternoon, near Summer Lake about 100 miles southeast of Bend. As of Sunday evening, it was reported at 2,000 acres. Ground crews worked Sunday along Highway 31, prompting the Oregon Department of Transportation to periodically close the roadway.
Fire managers say the blaze is largely on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands, angling away from the agricultural and residential areas of Summer Lake. Hot Shot crews and air support worked the southern border, Sunday afternoon, to prevent winds from shifting the fire's direction back toward the community.
Three structures were lost Saturday night: one outbuilding, a barn and a hunting cabin. A Level One (be prepared) evacuation order is in place for the area between Silver Lake and Summer Lake.
8 A.M. MONDAY UPDATE: Fire managers now say the blaze has burned 3,200 acres. A Level 2 (get set) evacuation order is in place for the area two miles north and south of Summer Lake, along Highway 31, and along Carlon Lane. Winds carried the fire east across 31, Sunday afternoon, into a priority area of sage grouse habitat, officials say that adds another layer of complexity to the incident.
Top photo: courtesy South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Lower photos: courtesy Bruce Gee, Paisley, OR