Central Oregon – Firefighters worked through the night on the Grandview Fire, burning on private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Crooked River National Grassland managed by the US Forest Service.
By morning, crews and dozers had preliminary containment lines or retardant around the majority of the 4,000 acre fire area 8 miles east of Black Butte, west of Whychus Creek. Fire behavior was extremely active yesterday afternoon and through the evening hours and crews were challenged by numerous spot fires and group tree torching. Today, fire growth has been westerly, pushed by an east wind but forecasted northwest winds are beginning to push on preliminary fire lines to the west and south. A Central Oregon task force of structure fire engines, including one from Marion County, have been focused on point protection around Holmes Road and Squaw Creek Canyon Estates.
Today, crews are holding and securing the fire lines put in place by several dozers with the assistance of five large air tankers dropping retardant to decrease fire behavior, and two helicopters dropping water to cool hot spots. A Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Type 3 team has been in command of the fire and will transition to a Type 1 Oregon Department of Forestry team at 6:00 p.m. today.
For up-to-date information on the Grandview Fire, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7651/
There are evacuation notices in place issued by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Those can be found here: https://arcg.is/5P4LS