Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update, August 18, 9:00 a.m.
Central Oregon – Fire behavior was active through the evening hours and all fires grew overnight.
Firefighters on the Green Ridge Fire, two miles northeast of Camp Sherman on the Deschutes National Forest remained busy overnight catching spot fires from material rolling on steep slopes from the fire area into the unburned area below. Crews will continue constructing hand line on the flanks of the fire in heavy timber. Aerial resources will be available again today to assist firefighters in cooling hot spots. The Green Ridge Fire is now estimated to be 30 acres with no containment.
The Lily Fire northeast of Lily Lake in the Charlton Roadless Area on the Deschutes National Forest (DNF) is estimated to be 19 acres with no containment. Smokejumpers and a hand crew from the Willamette National Forest are working the blaze were able to establish an anchor point to begin constructing containment line, but the fire continues to actively burn in the 1996 Charlton Fire scar, and into nearby heavy timber to the east. The heel of the fire is within 100 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the DNF, and although there are no trail closures at this time, PCT hikers are encouraged to be aware of this fire and avoid the area if possible. Additionally, firefighters are using the Charlton Trailhead area as a staging area for equipment so the public is asked to please avoid the area for their safety and the safety of the firefighters working the area.
In the early morning hours, two standing dead trees (snags) rolled out into the unburned area of thicker timber and created a 2-3 acre spot fire on the Frog Fire in the Maury Mountains on the Ochoco National Forest east of Prineville. Crews are now working to extend hose lays in direction of the spot, but water access remains a challenge. Firefighters will also continue constructing containment lines where possible to minimize fire spread. A crew from the Medford Bureau of Land Management will be arriving on scene to assist in suppression efforts. Steep terrain remains a challenge on the north side of the fire burning in thick timber.
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