The Wickiup Road fire burning near Post held overnight at 101 acres and is now 80% contained, according to fire officials.
Operation Section Chief Ted Adams said Monday crews would work to secure containment lines while paying attention to the weather as hot dry conditions and pop-up thunderstorms with lightning were expected.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for most of Central Oregon, excluding Sisters, for dry thunderstorms. The warning will be in place from 4:00 pm Monday through 11:00 pm Tuesday.
The fire, burning in the Riverside Ranch area five miles west of Post – about 20 miles east of Prineville – sparked Saturday afternoon and quickly destroyed two homes and multiple outbuildings in the remote area.
It also prompted “be set” evacuation notices for a couple of subdivisions in the area as the fire burned on Sunday.
Heavy tankers are assisting firefighting efforts on the ground where crews, engines and bulldozers are working to get around the Wickiup Road Fire 5 miles west of Post. pic.twitter.com/eFd3XlpHQd
— Central OR Fire Info (@CentralORFire) July 26, 2020