The following is information is taken directly from Central Oregon Fire Information and the Willamette National Forest about the Green Butte, Miller Road and Cedar Creek fires as of 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug 6.
Yesterday was another quiet day across central Oregon for fire activity. There were no new starts.
Incident 558 has been named the Deadline Flat Fire. This fire is located on Prineville District BLM lands roughly 15 miles northwest of the town of Paulina. The fire remains 2 acres and crews made great progress mopping up hot spots yesterday. Three engines are assigned to the fire today and these resources will be working to secure control lines. Further updates regarding this fire will be shared on Twitter at @CentralORfire.
Weather conditions will be generally warm and dry with low relative humidity across the area. Hot temperatures return to central Oregon Sunday and continue into next week. New starts will have the potential to spread rapidly under these conditions. Fuels like grass and brush are thick and dry right now, which means they are a very susceptible fuel source for wildfires.
As we move into another warming trend, fire officials would like to remind the public to exercise caution as the potential for fire growth remains high. Check for fire restrictions before making plans to have a campfire. For more information on fire restrictions, visit: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/. If you do decide to enjoy a campfire in an approved fire ring at a designated campground, remember to drown, stir and feel before walking away. It should be cool enough to touch with your hand. Check your trailer chains to ensure they aren’t dragging; this can cause sparks. Avoid driving over or parking on dry vegetation.
Central Oregon may experience smoke impacts from a few different active fires on neighboring forests and surrounding states. Smoke often settles into low-lying areas and river corridors overnight. The public is advised to ensure all windows and doors are securely closed in the evening and early morning hours to limit smoke exposure. For air quality information, visit: https://fire.airnow.gov/ or https://www.airnow.gov/. For more information on how to limit your smoke exposure, visit: https://www.centraloregonfire.org/wildfire-smoke-your-health/.
This will be our last daily Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update for the time being until increased fire activity warrants additional updates. For current wildland fire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire information on Twitter @CentralORfire.
Green Butte Fire
Estimated Size: 23 acres
The Green Butte Fire, located on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest approximately 13 miles southeast of La Pine and approximately two miles northeast of Spring Butte, remains 23 acres and is now 50% contained.
Yesterday firefighters made excellent progress and increased mop-up operations to 100 feet interior of the fire’s perimeter.
Today firefighters are utilizing a UAS platform to detect hot spots within the fire area. The UAS platform measures temperatures and shows firefighters areas of increased heat. Crews can then focus their mop-up and gridding operations within these identified areas.
The public is reminded that “If You Fly, We Can’t.” While UAS technology is increasingly a tool utilized by firefighting resources, the public should never fly their personal drones over active wildfire incidents. Firefighters follow all applicable FAA standards and coordinate with local aircraft and dispatch.
For current wildland fire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org
Miller Road Fire
Estimated Size: 11,156 acres
Great work has been completed in the past two days on the Miller Road Fire. Containment has increased to 42%. Cooler temperatures and lower wind speeds have supported the firefighters’ search for hot spots. Hand crews continued mop-up on the line and thermal imaging cameras (TIC) were used to help identify fuels retaining heat.
Two Task Forces worked throughout the night mopping up the line on the south side of the fire and around structures on the north side.
Today, Northwest Incident Management Team 8 (NWIMT8) will continue mop-up operations around the perimeter of the fire working toward the goal of 100% containment. OSFM Task Forces will focus on mop-up around structures.
Oregon State Fire Marshal Task Forces will be wrapping up their work and headed back to their home agencies over the next two days. As of today, 5 Task Forces will be on the line working. Structure firefighters and OSFM Blue Team will be demobilized Sunday.
Southern Wasco County could reach 100-degree temperatures today. Winds are expected to be light in the morning with a wind shift happening in the afternoon.
Evacuation orders remain in place but levels have decreased. All areas that were a level 3 are now a level 2, and all areas that were a level 2 are now a level 1. The latest evacuation information can be found by visiting www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff.
The evacuation shelter at Dufur High School has closed. All roads throughout the area remained open to the public.
Cedar Creek Fire
Cedar Creek Fire August 6, 2022, Daily Update – 8:00 AM