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Monday Morning Wildfire Update

SPRAY, OR -- Management of the 1,550-acre Alder Creek Fire will be turned back over to local resources Tuesday morning, from the Type 3 Team. Lower temperatures and some rain in the area helped firefighters in their fight against the fire burning on the south side of the John Day River, in Wheeler County. Occasional smoke from torching trees in pockets of previously unburned fuels is expected. As of Monday morning, the Alder Creek Fire is 50% contained. 

A small fire reported Saturday south of Lost Tracks Golf Club is now fully contained. Incident 421 was held at just under nine acres. And, Incident 431, seven miles southwest of Deschutes River Woods, is about 1/3 of an acre. 

In the Mt. Hood National Forest, the Boulder Fire was estimated at over 60 acres, Sunday morning, and prompted evacuations of numerous campgrounds. Boulder Lake Campground, Little Boulder Lake, Bonney Meadows Campground, Badger Lake Campground, Camp Windy and Post Camp Campground are all under Level 3 "Go Now" evacuation orders. Forest Roads 4880, 4881 and 4890 are also closed for public safety. By Monday morning, the Northwest Coordination Center reported it had grown to 500 acres. The blaze started July 8, southeast of Mt. Hood on the Barlow Ranger District near Boulder Lake Trailhead. Four engines, four hotshot crews and two helicopters are actively working the fire. 

Photos: (Top) Prineville IHC work the Alder Creek Fire overnight, July 6, 2023. (Above) The Boulder Fire on July 8, 2023.

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