Central Oregon – This afternoon firefighters responded to two new fire starts both on the Crescent Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest.
Incident #756, the Bobby Lake Fire was reported just after 5 p.m. The fire is burning in timber approximately one mile east of Bobby Lake and four miles southeast of Waldo Lake. Several aerial resources responded including air attack, air tankers, helicopters and rappellers. As of 8:30 p.m. firefighters on-scene reported that fire activity had decreased, and the fire was primarily creeping and smoldering.
Airtankers were successful in getting retardant around the perimeter of the Bobby Lake Fire before dark. The fire is holding at approximately 8 acres and is currently staffed with 12 rappellers who will remain on-scene overnight. Three additional crews and a load of smokejumpers are on order and will arrive tomorrow. A dedicated Type-1 helicopter will be available from the Crescent Airstrip.
Just before 6 p.m., Incident #758 was reported in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness approximately a half mile northeast of Miller Mountain. The fire is estimated at a quarter of an acre burning on a steep slope in heavy timber. Incident #758 is currently staffed with six smokejumpers who will remain on-scene through the night.
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