Fire officials are still investigating what started a wildfire near McKay Butte, which has now burned more than 190 acres.
Currently the fire isn’t posing much of a threat and nothing is officially closed in that area. However, there are level one evacuation notices in place for McKay, Ogden and Prairie campgrounds, which means campers should be prepared to leave the area quickly. Fire officials are asking that people in that area stay tuned into the radio, social media, and news should anything change.
The fire was spotted from the Lava Butte fire lookout on Sunday around 3 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene within an hour.
According to fire officials firefighters worked through Sunday night to get the fire partially contained. However, by Monday they were still working to achieve full containment. Ground crews are using everything from hand shovels to dozers to create a fire line, and are being assisted from the air by three air tankers and a helicopter.
While wildfires in Alaska have now burned more than two million acres, and a fire in Arizona is threatening homes, Oregon has only seen three wild land fires so far this year, the latest being the Mile 97 Fire currently burning southeast of Canyonville.
While things are quiet now, wild land firefighters with the Redmond based Pat-Rick Environmental are staying busy. Should a fire break out anytime soon those same firefighters will need to be ready at a moments notice.
Even with fires being few and far between in Oregon, local forest officials aren’t taking any chances and have implemented restrictions in several national forests across the state, including the Deschutes.
But with temperatures expected to rise in the coming days, officials are saying we’re not out of the woods just yet. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more.
There are two new fire stations under construction in Central Oregon right now. Station 302 in Tumalo is being replaced with a larger, updated facility right next door to the current station. Bend is welcoming a new addition located on Northeast 15th Street, next door to the Bend Police Headquarters. Central Oregon Daily’s Dalton Roth spoke with officals on the project and has more.
The Oregon Department of Forestry considers June 10th the first official day of wildfire season across the state, but residents in southern Deschutes County have been preparing for months.
Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova has more on a new program meant to combat the spread of wildfires.