Fire Information Phone Line: 425-324-1267 (8am – 7pm)
Potter Fire InciWeb (Incident Website): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8291/
Windigo Fire InciWeb (Incident Website): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8292/
The Windigo and Potter fires began between July 30 and July 31. The fires are burning on lands managed by the USDA Forest Service, on the Umpqua National Forest and the Willamette National Forest, and adjacent to the Deschutes National Forest.
These three forests have delegated responsibility for fighting these fires to Northwest Incident Management Team 6, a Type 2 team led by Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon. The Team assumed responsibility Tuesday morning, August 2, 2022, at 6:00am.
The fires are burning primarily in a mix of timber with heavy dead and down trees. There was significant lightning activity in the area over the weekend, and combined with the triple digit heat, the occurrence of fire was not unexpected. The fires are being fought under the strategy of full suppression. Shawn Sheldon shared with firefighters that the team’s goal “is to keep the fires as small as possible” and to continue the work of the initial attack crews.
- Windigo Fire: approximately 1,200 acres and is located 20 miles southwest of La Pine, OR. The fire is currently at 0% containment with active fire behavior; firefighters are progressing toward the objective of full containment. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- Potter Fire: approximately 85 acres (reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping) and is located eight miles northeast of the Toketee area. The fire is currently at 0% containment with moderate fire behavior; firefighters are progressing toward the objective of full containment; it is a lightning caused fire.
Area closures and restrictions include:
- Pacific Crest Trail from OR Highway 58 (north end) to OR Highway 138 (south end);
- Kelsey Horse Camp in the Umpqua National Forest;
- Forest Service Road 60 from the junction with Forest Service Road 6020 in Deschutes National Forest to Forest Service Road 2612 in the Umpqua National Forest;
- Temporary Flight Restriction over the two fires.
Please do your part to prevent new fires. Be very careful with off-highway vehicle travel or any other potential source of ignition.