▶️ Fly Creek Fire near Lake Billy Chinook at 280 acres, 5% contained


Firefighters reported forward progress on the Fly Creek Fire, which forced campground evacuations near Lake Billy Chinook, had been stopped Monday afternoon.

The fire is at 280 acres and is 5% contained. A dozer line has been constructed around 80% of the fire, according to Central Oregon Fire Information.

Firefighters are battling to keep it from reaching nearby homes.

“It will probably grow as it moves down toward the lake,” said Fly Creek Fire Public Information Officer Stacey Lacey. “We have engines, hand crews, lots of air resources. We have fire bosses scooping up water putting fire on the edges so crews can get in there. We have retardant planes here. Things are progressing really well here today.”

The fire is located on Balancing Rock along the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook. 

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Six engines and a dozer worked through the night Sunday. Two hand crews, one Hotshot crew, six engines, one dozer and one tender were set to be “actively engaged” in working to increase containment.

The Deschutes National Forest said resources have been dropping retardant around the perimeter of the Fly Creek Fire to help control spotting and to allow crews time to build direct line along the fire’s edge. 

Two nearby Forest Service campgrounds — Perry South and Monty — were evacuated Sunday night. Hundreds of residents of the Three Rivers Recreation Area, just a couple of miles downwind of the fire, are on Level 2 — get set to leave — evacuation notice.

Jerry Cummins from Redmond came to check his boat that is moored at the Three Rivers Marina.

“We are a little concerned with our boat, with the ash and the embers. With the fire being so close, we try to keep an eye on that. We came out to check that and hopefully not get in the way of firefighters and emergency crews,” said Cummins.

For information on evacuations, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff.


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