Crews Work to Contain McKay Butte Fire

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.

Central Oregon Welcomes Two New Fire Stations

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.

READY. SET. GO. – Preparing for Wildfires

It’s early in the season and already Deschutes County has seen one fire that forced evacuations and smoky skies from prescribed burns serve as an added reminder that it is indeed wildfire season. Central Oregon Daily’s Dalton Roth has a quick reminder of evacuation protocols that you should know to keep yourself safe this summer.

The Great Outdoors: Aftermath of the Substation Fire

On July 17, 2018, a fire started on private land southeast of The Dalles and strong winds carried it more than twenty miles up the Deschutes River as the Substation Fire torched the slopes on both sides of the river. For this week’s Great Outdoors,  Gary Lewis looks at the aftermath of the fire in Mack’s Canyon on the Lower Deschutes.

A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Two Day Fire Training Happening Near Sunriver

If you saw smoking coming from the Sunriver area today, don’t be alarmed. The Central Oregon Wildfire School took part in some training in the area to get ready for the upcoming fire season.

The Central Oregon Fire Instructors Association has partnered up with the US Forest Service and Central Oregon Fire Management Service to host a two-day wildfire-training program for Central Oregon firefighters, which is taking place west of Sunriver, and 10 local, state, and federal agencies came together to participate.