Central Ore. – Thunderstorms brought abundant lighting and rain to Central Oregon yesterday. Firefighters responded to 4 new incidents and are currently working on the largest incident–#178–northwest of the Perry South Campground near the Metolius River.
Two crews are on scene of incident #178, a 1 acre fire burning on the Deschutes National Forest in rugged terrain. They will be assisted by aerial resources to moderate fire behavior and cool hot spots.
While yesterday’s storms brought between .25 and .5 inch of rain across the region, firefighters expect to continue responding to new incidents in the next couple of weeks.
The public is reminded to take extra care with ignition sources and we move into warmer, drier conditions. Ensure your spark arrestors are in good working order on motorized equipment and vehicles, secure trailer chains so they don’t drag on the road while traveling and bring extra water to extinguish campfires.