Redmond, Oregon –Fire personnel held the McKay Butte Fire, burning northeast of McKay Butte on the Deschutes National Forest, to 190 acres during today’s firefighting operations.
Crews, heavy equipment and aerial resources secured the perimeter of the fire with fire line tied-in with existing roads achieving 10% containment. During today’s operational shift, firefighters worked to suppress interior torching and spot fires. Overnight, firefighters will hold and improve containment lines around the fire.
A Level 1 (BE READY) evacuation notice is still in place for the McKay Crossing, Ogden, and Prairie Campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest.
Road closures currently in place include FSR 9736 north of Paulina Creek and FSR 9735. There are no trail closures associated with the incident at this time.
The McKay Butte Fire (Incident #527), south of Forest Road 9735, was reported by Lava Butte Lookout at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 28. Approximately 160 fire personnel are currently assigned to the incident.
The fire is still under investigation.
The public is reminded to be careful with any ignitions on public lands. Central Oregon recently moved to HIGH fire danger, meaning fuels are very receptive to ignitions. If you are recreating on public lands, remember to remain diligent about ensuring all fires are ‘dead out’ and cold to the touch, all spark arrestors are properly installed, and trailer chains are secured.
For Central Oregon Fire information, text “COFIRE” to 888-777 to receive text alerts.