REDMOND, OR -- Dry and breezy conditions Wednesday could increase local wildfire activity. An incident management team from the southwest is now helping with several fires in the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests; it's also available to manage any new starts over the next few weeks.
In the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is now 260 acres and 2% contained, and the Whychus Fire is 90% contained at about 2,030 acres. A number of closures are in place in the Three Sisters Wilderness, including the Obsidian Trailhead, Obsidian Limited Entry Area and all trails east of the Pacific Crest Trail from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail.
The Belknap Fire (pictured above) in the Ochocos is estimated at 123 acres and 5% contained. Trail closures are in place within the Mill Creek Wilderness and temporary flight restrictions are in place over the fire.
And, northeast of Shaniko, the North Pole Fire has burned 5,075 acres of private and BLM land; it’s 0% contained.