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Progress Made on Stagecoach Fire; Evacuation Order Lifted

 

Central Oregon – Firefighters made good progress on the Stagecoach Fire yesterday and the evacuation order for two subdivisions was lifted around 10:30 p.m. The fire is currently being mapped and is considered 350 acres. The fire is still 10 percent contained this morning.

 

The Stagecoach Fire started at 3:30 yesterday afternoon five miles south of the Highway 97/Highway 31 junction, near the Old Stagecoach Road (approximately 8 miles northeast of Gilchrist, Oregon).

 

The cause of the fire is human; however, the specific cause remains under investigation.

 

Approximately 65 firefighters are currently fighting the fire. A dozer has put a preliminary line around the fire and crews will work to hold and improve this line throughout the day. Firefighters will also work to locate any spots outside the fireline. A Type 3 Incident Management Team took over command of the fire at 0600 this morning.

 

In addition to the Stagecoach Fire, the Prineville BLM is closing a portion of the Lower Deschutes River as a precaution against the Sunnyside Turnoff Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation. The fire has burned down to the river and has the potential to jump the river endangering rafters. As a result, the Lower Deschutes River is closed from the Warm Springs put-in (River Mile 98) to Nena (River Mile 59). Rafters can use their boater pass for Segments 2,3 and 4 today instead. The closure is temporary and will be lifted as soon as possible.

 

 

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Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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