Windigo, Potter, Miller Rd, Cedar Creek

The following information is directly from Central Oregon Fire Information and Willamette National Forest on Miller Road, Fly Creek, Windigo, Potter, Cedar Creek and Green Butte as of noon Friday, August 5.

Fire activity was relatively calm yesterday over central Oregon. Firefighters have made significant progress in increasing the containment of existing bushfires.

Only one new fire was reported yesterday evening. Incident 558 is burning in the grass and juniper in the Prineville County grounds located approximately 15 miles northwest of the city of Paulina. The air attack estimated that the fire was 2 acres in size last night. Three engines arrived on the scene at about 1:30 a.m. and remained on fire all night. Three engines and a Type 3 helicopter were set aside for firing this morning. More information will be available once the resources are able to assess the fire in broad daylight.

Related: The air quality map you can access provides real-time information

RELATED: The entire city of Washington has been asked to leave due to the danger of wildfires

Miller Road Fire

Estimated volume: 11,186

Containment: 25%

Cautious optimism was the dominant tone on the second day of the Miller Road fire. Light winds and mild temperatures on Wednesday allowed Oregon Task Force and Oregon Forestry teams to begin clearing operations.

The fire is still estimated at 11,186 acres and is now 25 percent contained. Today’s weather will remain mild, giving crews another great chance before next week’s forecast triple-digit heat.

“The big push is getting as much progress as possible before the next severe weather,” said Scott Magers, OSFM Blue Team Incident Leader. “Our crew has worked around the clock to put us in a good position to protect lives and homes at Juniper Flat.”

Friday also brings additional resources to Wasco County. The Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team, Northwest Interagency Management Team (IMT) 8, has joined OSFM and is in unified command. The two teams will work together to provide support to the firefighters.

Today’s crews will continue to increase clearance, building toward the target of 200 feet of fire perimeter.

“We are grateful for the support of the Oregon Forest Service,” Magers said. “Their cooperation and teamwork have helped us pursue our mission of protecting lives and property.”

Evacuations update from Wasco County Mayor:

All properties that are currently undergoing any type of evacuation advisory regarding any fire incident have been reduced by one level at this time. So what does this mean?

Anyone on a level 3 evacuation order (go now) must consider themselves under a level 2 (GET SET) and can return to their property at this time.

For a Dodge/Miller Fire, these will be residents of Juniper Flat/Victor Road/Walters Road and the 197 Highway District.

Level 2 (GET SET) can rest a bit more at Level 1 (Get Prepared) and should remain diligent for any changes. This includes Tygh Valley, Oak Springs, and Maupin.

If you were previously under Level 1 (Get ready), you may consider raising eviction warnings for your area at this time. This affects residents of The Dalles in the Columbia View Heights subdivision, Oregon Vets Home, Viewpoint Trailer Park, and Celilo Inn.

Fly Creek Fire

The 274-acre Fly Creek Fire is 95% contained. This fire is located near Balancing Rock along the Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook in the Deschutes National Forest. The Type 4 Incident Management Team will take over the fire command this morning. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has raised the Level 1 Notice of Eviction for the Three Rivers District and the Level 3 Notice of Evacuation for the Berry South and Monty Camps. Camps will reopen for camping and recreation use today. This will be the final update to this fire unless there are major changes.

Firefighters secured 100% containment yesterday at the 1.6-acre Juniper Creek Fire located approximately 10 air miles south of Fly Creek Fire.

The temperatures are expected to be a little cooler today with a breeze. Despite slightly cooler temperatures, conditions will generally be warm and dry with low relative humidity across the region. High temperatures return again from Sunday to Monday. The possibility of temporary fires still exists, especially with temperatures soaring over the weekend.

Windigo and Potter fires

Mild temperatures kept fire growth to a minimum in the Windigo and Potter fires yesterday. Crews achieved 5% containment of the Windigo Fire and made progress connecting roads around the Potter Fire. Air resources were used extensively with two helicopters of the first type dumping water and dampers into the hot spots. The Shelter Fire is now 5 acres, fully lined, and 75% contained. Resources continued to work on a lightning fire, now called the Big Swamp Fire, a few miles west of Opal Lake. It was 30% contained.

Windigo Fire continues to push east towards the Pacific Crest Trail. Today, bulldozers and hand crews from Forest Road 60 will operate on the northeast corner of the fire and move south around the Crucible to block the eastern advance. Personnel on both sides of the fire would continue to lay hoses, strengthen damper lines, and observe the perimeter.

The pottery fire was active yesterday with a slow support behavior – sending debris down the slope. Crews were able to place additional water cannons and sprinklers around the perimeter. Today, all sections will focus on line improvement and road clearing. Air resources for both fires will include four Type 1 helicopters and one Type 3 helicopter, with two additional Type 1 helicopters on the way.

Today, the weather will be similar to yesterday’s. High temperatures may reach 80-85 degrees. Westerly winds range from 5-9 mph with gusts of up to 15 mph over hilltops and valleys. Fire detection distances may be up to – mile. For information on air quality, visit https://fire.airnow.gov/.

Windigo fire
space: Approximately. 1,072 acres
containment: 5%
Site: 20 miles southwest of La Pine, Oregon
reason: Lightning
potter fire
space: Approximately. 149 acres
containment: 0%
Site: 12 miles northeast of Toketee District
reason: Lightning

Area closures and restrictions (larger closing area under announcement):

    • Route Pacific Crest from OR Highway 138 (PCT mile 1848) to OR Highway 58 (PCT mile 1908)
    • Forest Service Route (FSR) 60 from the intersection with FSR 6020 in Deschutes National Forest to FSR 2612 in Umpqua National Forest
    • Forest Service Route (FSR) 2610 from Limolo Dam to Mount Calaboya
    • Kelsey Horse Camp in Umpqua National Forest
    • White Fish Horse Camp in Deschutes
    • tuktiti air strip
    • Temporary flight restriction on fire

Cedar Creek Fire

Cedar Creek Fire moved straight east and last night’s infrared shows it’s 1,054 acres. Infrared excursions are the most common method for measuring space change. A plane flies over a fire late at night, in this case at 9:44 p.m., and uses special technology to measure heat on the ground. Areas with stripes indicate intense heat while areas with dots indicate scattered heat. Crews will also coat the historic Waldo Lookout with heat-reflective material to try to keep it safe if the flames move north.

Green Boat Fire

Green Butte Fire, located in the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District in the Deschutes National Forest about 13 miles southeast of La Pine and about 2 miles northeast of Spring Butte, remains on 23 acres and is now 25% reserved.

Yesterday, firefighters took advantage of the hose around the fire to get rid of 40 feet deep around the perimeter. The local Type 3 Incident Management Team took over the fire command at 8:00 pm yesterday. Today’s firefighters will increase scanning depth and continue to improve the fire line when needed.

Resources for Green Butte Fire include Prineville Hotshots, three hand kits, two engines, two water tenders, and one bucket.

As we head into a warm weekend, fire officials would like to remind the public to be vigilant because the potential for fires to grow remains high. Check fire restrictions before planning a campfire. For more information on fire restrictions, visit: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/. If you decide to enjoy a campfire in an approved fire ring at the designated campground, remember to sink, move, and feel before turning away. It should be cool enough to touch with your hand. Check your trailer chains to make sure they are not pulling; This can cause sparks. Avoid driving or standing on dry plants. Fewer human-caused bushfires mean firefighters can focus on natural, unpreventable wildfires.

Central Oregon may be exposed to smoke from a few different active fires in nearby forests and surrounding states. Smoke often settles in low-lying areas and riverbeds overnight. The public is advised to ensure that all windows and doors are tightly closed in the evening and early morning hours to reduce exposure to smoke. For information on air quality, visit: https://fire.airnow.gov/ or https://www.airnow.gov/. For more information on how to limit your exposure to smoke, visit: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/wildfire-smoke-your-health/.

We will not be updating a day of Central Oregon interagency dispatch due to reduced fire activity. We’ll be doing a morning update just going forward unless there is significant fire activity to report. For current prairie fire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire information on Twitter @CentralORfire.

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