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.

Creating a Defensible Space

Fire and emergency management teams are asking that residents begin protecting their homes from potential disaster during wildfire season. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan met with members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon, the Bend Fire Department and Project Wildfire for an in-depth look at how you can create defensible spaces around your home to protect it and your family from wildfire.

Prescribed Burn Season Underway

If you are seeing smoke in the Sisters and La Pine area tonight, it’s a sign of the beginning of the prescribed burn season. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at why the low-intensity fires are so important in the effort to prevent larger wildfires in the summer.

11-Acre Blaze Shuts Down Highway 126

Several fire crews with support from helicopters and air tankers were on the scene of multiple brush fires west of Redmond Friday afternoon.

The fires broke out within about a mile of each other along State Highway 126, prompting the closure of a six-mile stretch of the highway, as crews tackled them on the ground and by air.

The fires were reported around 1:30 today in the area of milepost 101 to 103. However, the quick response from multiple agencies allowed crews to contain the fires to only 11 acres. No structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered.

Sheriff Shane Nelson told Central Oregon Daily that a malfunctioning vehicle could have sparked the fires accidentally, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

ODOT said highway 126 was closed between milepost 98 and 104 and urged motorists to avoid the area. One lane of the highway was opened just after 6 pm but it will likely remain partially closed until 9 pm tonight as crews work to mop-up hot spots along the highway.