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.

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