Central Oregon –Firefighters stopped forward progress on the Wickiup Road Fire 5 miles west of Post, Oregon last night but interior tree torching remains a concern for today. The fire has now been more accurately mapped at 101 acres. The cause remains under investigation.
Today, a Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the fire and will continue to work cooperatively with US Forest Service and BL, Oregon Department of Forestry, Crook County Fire and Post-Paulina Rural Fire Protection Association firefighters and personnel. Firefighters holding and improving fire line will be getting assistance from aircraft to cool hot spots. With increasingly hot temperatures and afternoon wind predicted, firefighters are expecting more tree torching and spotting. Structure protection will remain a priority as well.
The Crook County Sheriff’s Office has contacted community members to notify them on evacuation levels. Learn more at: https://co.crook.or.us/sheriff/page/emergency-management
The Wickiup Road Fire was reported around 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Firefighters responded quickly to the blaze that began on private land and spread to Prineville BLM managed land.