Pacific Fire Continues To Meet Objectives
New Ikt fire also being monitored
Central Ore. – The lightning-caused Pacific Fire burning in the Mt Washington Wilderness continues to meet wilderness character and ecological condition objectives.
Now approximately 1 acre in size, the fire, which began on August 28, continues to creep and smolder in needle litter. Crewmembers from the Sister Ranger District’s Metolious Wildland Fire Module hiked into the fire this past Saturday and observed that light precipitation and cool weather have slowed the rate of fire spread.
The fire is contained within lava flows and large fire scars. If growth on the fire exceeds the ecological condition objectives, additional firefighters are on-hand to suppress the fire as needed.
There are no trail closures in place. Some smoke may be visible from Sisters, parts of Highway 20, and surrounding areas. However, no smoke impacts to the community are expected.
Another fire, Ikt fire, is located near Ikt Butte approximately 6 miles SE of Lava River Cave. The approximately 6-acre fire is being monitored and is burning in light vegetation and lava flows.
Smoke from the fire may be visible from Highway 97 and other areas near the butte. Firefighters currently are using the lightning-caused fire for ecological objectives and will suppress the fire if it becomes necessary.