BEND, OR -- Firefighters responded quickly to a new wildfire just south of Bend, Sunday afternoon (pictured). The Bessie Butte Fire was first spotted at noon by the Lava Butte Lookout. It grew to about 50 acres before crews got a dozer line around it, stopping its forward progress. Firefighters remained on scene overnight to complete the containment line and mop up. China Hat and FS 1815 off Arnold Market were closed through the night. The cause is under investigation.
Near The Dalles, the Substation Fire
is now 82% contained, at just over 79,000 acres and evacuation warnings have been reduced to Level one. Most fire crews have been released, although a few remain to watch for hot spots. The cause of the fire, which has killed one person
, is under investigation.
Southwest of Chemult, 340 firefighters continue to battle the Timber Crater 6 fire. It's burned more than 1,200 acres and is just 5% contained. The blaze is one of several sparked by lightning around Crater Lake on July 15. Fire crews set back-burns over the weekend in an attempt to keep it from reaching Highway 97. While the fire is not affecting operations at Crater Lake National Park, smoke is reducing visibility.
And, evacuations in southern Oregon continue, because of the lightning-caused Garner Complex of Fires, 17 miles northeast of Grants Pass. Six large fires and several smaller fires have burned about 8,000 acres in steep terrain and they're about 10% contained. The complex started with a lightning storm on July 15.