CENTRAL OREGON – Hot and dry conditions are expected across Central Oregon today and fire officials anticipate more fires will ignite from Thursday’s lightning storm. Firefighters will continue working to contain existing starts across the region.
The Mile Post 6 fire on the Crooked River National Grassland is 1,500 acres this morning and while fire line was completed around the fire early this morning, the public will continue to see smoke and active fire behavior from tree torching on the interior of the burn. Aerial resources as expected to assist firefighters on the ground in holding and improving containment lines. The drag boat races that are scheduled for today at Haystack Reservoir Campground will continue as planned and a Level 2 evacuation notice remains in place for the campground.
The Sorefoot Fire burning on Prineville District BLM managed lands approximately 5 miles northeast of Antelope, OR is now 50% contained and remains 800 acres. Firefighters will contine mopping up along the fire perimeter to secure fire lines.
On the Deschutes National Forest, the Spring Creek Fire, is 1 ½ miles south of Monty Campground on the Sisters Ranger District and is estimated at 16 acres. Firefighters on the ground will be assisted by additional crews and aerial resources today and will work to achieve containment on this fire that is burning in heavy fuels. A Level 1 evacuation notice remains in place on the Perry South and Monty Campgrounds. Incident 1022 near Quartz Mountain on the southeast corner of the forest remains 50 acres and crews continue to mop up along the perimeter.
The Grizzly Road Fire (Incident 1029) on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands is lined at 360 acres. Firefighters will contain to secure lines today.
COFMS is sending additional resources to the Stubblefield Fire today that is still estimated at 4,000 acres burning on private land 5 miles east of the John Day River. Oregon State Fire Marshall team is assisting in the management of the incident. Incident 1018 remains 250 acres on private land 8 miles northwest of Fossil. COFMS is also assisting Gilliam County with this incident.