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Judge Convicts an Oregon Man of Robbing Bend's Columbia State Bank This June


Judge Michael Adler found Peterson guilty of robbery in the third degree and theft in the second degree Tuesday.

 

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison with 24 months post prison supervision.

 

The judge said when sentencing Peterson, despite the defendant being "polite" during the crime, it still constituted robbery.

 

Peterson walked into Bend's Columbia State Bank on June 16th this year and in a low voice told the teller, "I need you to do me a favor, I need you to pull out all the money in your drawer, starting with the hundreds and do not push any buttons or alarms."

 

Peterson was arrested in Stayton Oregon later that day and brought back to Deschutes County to face trial.

Oregonians Pay Some of the Highest Gas Prices in the Nation


We have the third highest prices for gas in the country, while many states are seeing their prices drop.

 

Oregon's average is around $3.90 an gallon, while the national average is $3.45 a gallon.

 

Drivers in the Pacific states continue to pay the highest prices because this region is geographically isolated in terms of being supplied by refineries that have access to cheaper crude products, that are available in the central U.S.

Supporters of Legalizing Marijuana in Oregon Pour More Money Into TV Ads


"New Approach Oregon" has spent 2.3 million dollars in TV advertising.

 

The new ads that will hit airwaves within days, feature drug treatment expert Richard Harris.

 

"I'm the former Director of Addiction and Mental Health Division.  Drug treatment is woefully underfunded right now and Measure 91 would better fund drug treatment and prevention programs.  Marijuana isn't going anywhere. We're not stopping it with the war on drugs."

 

Much of the money for these ads come from out of state.

 

It is expected to be the most expensive pro-marijuana campaign in the state's history.

 

Oregonians voted down a similar measure two years ago, but polls show a majority of people in the state support this measure.

City of Bend Reveals a Plan to Make Walking, Biking and Driving Better in Downtown Bend


They have held several public forums to give the public an opportunity for feedback.  The last one was held this week.

 

The plan looks to make it easier to get around what's called the Central District downtown.

 

That's the area around Third Street from Revere to Burnside.

 

Wendy Robinson with Bend's Community Development Department says their plan should relieve congestion.

 

"And Third Street is a major north-south street that runs through the district and if we don't do anyting, the congestion is going to get exponentially worse.  We need to put a complete street system network together, so we can diversify paths people are taking to their destination."

 

The development plan for the downtown Central District also calls for a combination of housing and businesses.

 

They are trying to improve connections for everyone traveling downtown.

Oregon Department of Justice Decides Prineville's Former Police Chief Committed No Crimes


Prineville asked the DOJ to conduct a criminal investigation into these allegations.

 

The DOJ investigated them by interviewing witnesses from the city of Prineville and military as well as Chief Bush himself.

 

They concluded there is insufficient evidence to prove that Chief Bush committed a crime.

 

Bush argued there is a lot of overlap in his positions with the city of Prineville and the National Guard since he is the manager for the city and Director of the 911 Center.

 

Chief Bush was fired by the city in July based on these allegations and the chief is suing the city for 2.5 million dollars for wrongful termination.

Oregon Nonprofit Supports Some Bend Homeowners Fighting Plans to Pipe Their Canal


"Restore Oregon" heard from many of these homeowners seeking help on what to do.

 

The group that helps save historic places supports their effort to keep the canal as is and not pipe it for historic reasons.

 

It was built in the early 1900's and Restore Oregon's Executive Director Peggy Moretti says they recently wrote an article in support of preserving the canal.

 

"The goal isn't to freeze them in amber or stop progress. Often these things there is a way to preserve some piece or structure or resources and be able to keep evidence of that past and what it represents.  And there's a beauty aspect, the community benefits from the aesthetics of it."

 

The Central Oregon Irrigation District wants to pipe the canal north of Bend to reduce water leaks and to create hydroelectric power for its plant.

 

The Deschutes County Commissioners are expected to decide this month whether to approve the piping project.

Deschutes County Continues to Lead the State in Job Growth


The July numbers for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson County remained unchanged last month.

 

But our job growth in Deschutes County has increased by more than five percent since last July.

 

Workforce Analyst Melissa Greenaway says it's been impressive.

 

"Deschutes County has already added over 3300 jobs over the past year.  And that makes it by far the top metropolitan area with the fastest job growth in Oregon.  And in fact, all three counties have had job growth better than the state and national average is spread across the whole region."

 

The majority of the employment gains were in the private sector.

 

The lack of change in the unemployment rate mirrors statewide and national trends.

Crews Repair a Gasoline Break in Bend


Homes within a half block radius of the leak Monday morning were evacuated for about an hour and the road closed for several hours.

 

The break occurred when crews were working to fix a water leak yesterday (Mon) morning just after 9:30, when they hit a two inch natural gas line.

 

The leak was fixed after the gas leak was stopped.

City of Bend Wants Public Feedback on Urban Growth Boundary


We are still in the throes of deciding what the city will need for future growth and the city wants feedback.

 

Brian Rankin, the city's UGB Project Manager says they have an online tool where residents can let them know which goals are important to them.

 

"This is the first time we are using this product.  What it will do is it will allow people to see the goals and prioritize them in a more detailed way.  For example, it will ask how do you feel about more housing downtown or how about producing more opportunities for biking and walking."

 

The online survey is at www.bendoregon.gov/bendugb

 

The city is also holding community meetings this week on the UGB.  This wil  be this Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Wednesday's meeting is at the Bend Municipal Court Building on 15th Street and Thursday's is at Bend Parks and Rec.

COCC to Hold First County Commissioner Debate Between Debone and Barram


Republican Tony DeBone is being challenged by Democratic candidate Jodie Barram who is currently a Bend City Councilor.

 

The student run forum is part of a COCC political science class taught by former state lawmaker Judy Stiegler.

 

The students will be asking the questions on important issues facing Deschutes County and why the canidates are running.

 

The debate will be Thursday August 12th from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. at Wille Hall.  The public is invited to come.

Latest on Oregon's Fires


The Muskrat Fire as its called is still at zero containment.

 

Four helicopters, an air tanker and several smoke jumpers are working the fire.

 

The evacuation orders put in place Thursday, remain.

 

And Governor Kitzhaber got a first hand look at the Rowena Fire still  burning in the Columbia Gorge Friday morning. 

 

The fire near the Dalles started Tuesday evening and has burned 33 hundred acres.  It's now 35 percent contained.

 

740 homes are currently threatened by the blaze.

 

Fire officials say they are in far better shape than they wre 44 hours ago.

 

They say the next few days will be critical and they're concerned about expected high winds.

Senator Merkley Travels to Bend to Talk with Seniors About Protecting Social Security and Medicare


He was at the Bend Senior Center Thursday to hold a roundtable discussion with about a dozen area seniors.

 

He told them some Republicans want to voucherize social security and have other ideas.

 

"And second is privatizing social security.  And anyone who thought that was a good idea in 2007 was cleared of that notion after the crash of 2008.  But I have not doubt this issue will be back again."

 

Senator Merkley was joined by the President of the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, Max Richtman who announced the group is endorsing Merkley in the Senate race against Monica Wehby.

 

During the discussion, the senator mentioned his Republican Senate opponent, Monica Wehby and cuts she would like to make.

 

"Now there are some folks who want to go further.  And one of them is my opponent Monica Wehby.  She supports the Tea Party budget called "Cut, Cap and Balance,"  which would make a 25 percent cut on major programs like social security and medicare."

 

In a new press release, Monica Wehby's campaign criticized Merkley for expanding government and our debt.

Bend North Little Leaguers Will Be Playing in Regional Finals Saturday


The 12 year olds beat Alaska Thursday afternoon 7 to 6 in the Western Regional Semi Finals.

 

They will play in the Finals Saturday at 1 P.M.  The game will be shown on ESPN TV.

 

They will be playing Washington.

Governor Kitzhaber Calls In Extra Help for the Columbia Gorge Fire


Kitzhaber has declared the fire about six miles west of the Dalles, a conflagration.

 

This allows the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to help assist.

 

The Governor traveled to southern Oregon Wednesday morning to get an update on the Beaver Complex fires.

 

"I think it's important to point out these fires are a symptom.  There is a bigger issue.  We have to deal with the root cause.  There is no way we should be dealing with this year after year.  We have to do a better job of managing the forests and putting Oregonians back to work.  So we can clean up the forests and reduce the fire risk."

 

The fire burning near Ashland that the Governor visited is 100 percent lined and 35 percent contained.  It has burned more than 36-thousand acres.

Senator Merkley Will Hold a Roundtable Discussion on Protecting Social Security and Medicare in Bend Thursday


He will be discussing what Washington can do to ensure the health and well being of Oregon seniors and protect social security and medicare.

 

The roundtable discussion will be held at the Bend Senior Center's library beginning at 4 P.M.

This is not open to the general public.

 

The head of the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, Max Richtman will also be there for the discussion.

 

Merkley will also be traveling to Portland, Eugene, Medford and Corvallis.

Redmond Airport Prepares to Repave Its Main Runway This Summer


This will be the first of two phases to maintain and prolong the life of the airport's runway.

 

The first phase should wrap up during the fall of 2014.

 

The second phase will be completed in the fall of 2015 and will involve full depth reconstruction of the rest of the runway.

 

The second phase will be completed in the fall of 2015 and will involve full depth reconstruction of the rest of the runway.

 

This project will require the rerouting of all aircraft arrivals and departures to a different runway for the duration of the project.

 

This work should extend the pavement life of the runway for an additional twenty years.

Bend North in Little League Regional Semi Finals in California


They beat Montana Tuesday 5 to 0.

 

They will be playing in the first Semi Final game at 2 P.M. on Thursday.

 

They expect to be playing Montana again or possibly Alaska.

 

Four of the six teams in the Regional Championships will play in the Semi Finals and the top two teams will play in the Finals on Saturday.

First Debate Between Two Candidates Running for House District 54 Seat


Republican candidate Knute Buehler and Democratic candidate Craig Wilhelm actually agreed on many subjects.

 

They both want to diversify the economy and guide smart growth in the area.  They also both support expanding OSU Cascades to a four year university.

 

In their closing staetments, both made the argument they have the leadership skills for the job.

 

"Buehler:  I'm a fixer not a partisan fighter.  If you're looking for a noise maker, I'm not that kind of guy.  But after 12 years of having a Doctor as Governor, I think it's time for a doctor in the house.  Wilhelm:  I lead in combat through the toughest of times.  I know how to deal with limited resources.  I can bring folks together for a common good. I took care of 200 soldiers and I could do that here. I'll take care of you."

 

Dr. Buehler is an orthopedic surgeon and Craig Wilhelm was a decorated veteran in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and currently runs a recycling business.

Rangers at Crater Lake Concerned Man May Have Fallen from the Caldera Rim at Crater Lake


The man who is reported to have possibly fallen is a 40 year old white male, about 5'10" and 150 pounds  with long dirty blond hair and a full beard.

 

He was last seen wearing a blue baseall cap, green t-shirt and dark shorts.  He also had one arm completely tatooed.  He was also wearing a black knee brace one one leg and an ace bandage on the other.

 

Rangers immediately began a search using teams from several counties in addition to boats on Crater Lake and a helicopter.

 

The only finding was a pair of sunglasses located directly below where the individaul was reported to have fallen.

 

They think the hiker was northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail and may be from the Bend area.

Body of Missing Oregon Woman Found on Sheridan Logging Road


A nearby property owner discovered her Lexus Tuesday morning and detectives found her body a short distance away.

 

Police say there were no signs of foul play.

 

Jennifer Huston went missing July 24th while she was running errands.

 

She was last seen buying gas and getting cash, along with some sleeping pills.

 

There were reports in recent days that she had been seen on a ferry in Washington's San Juan Islands.

 

The Sheriff's Department will be holding a press conference today at 4 P.M.

Bend North Continues Their Winning Ways at the Little League Regional Championships


They beat Alaska in their latest game Monday, 10 to 2.

 

On Saturday, they beat Wyoming 15 to 0.

 

But their first game against Washington's champs, was their only loss.  They lost 10 to 2.

 

Bend North Manager Dan Ruhl says they are prepared to take on Washington again in the semi finals on Thursday.

 

"So the next time around I feel very confident.  They're what stands between us and Williamsport.  They never got down in the dumps.  We said let's focus on winning the the next two out of three."

 

The top four teams at the regional championships in California will go on to the semi finals on Thursday and the champion will be crowned on Saturday August 9th.

 

That team will travel to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series.

Deschutes County Commissioners Approve LaPine's New Urban Renewal District


Oregon's newest city has been working toward this since last year, but the county commissioners needed to approve it.

 

They did during their Monday meeting.

 

Elaine Howard, an urban renewal consulant from Portland, hired by LaPine says they have big plans for the district.

 

"The projects they're looking forward to are street scape projects to improve our sense of identity.  Right now there's a big commercial strip from one end to the other which doesn't give people a big reason to stop and shop.  They have infrastructre projects in mind, so they can allocate funds for that."

 

Leaders in LaPine hope the district will allow them to attract restaurants and businesses to the area to spur more growth.

 

The LaPine plan hopes to funnel 7 million into urban renewal projects over the next twenty five years.

First Debate Between the Two Candidates Running for District 54 State House Seat


Conger did not seek re-eelction because he was running for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the primary to Monica Wehby.

 

The Bend Chamber is holding the forum between Republican candidates Dr. Kntue Buehler and Democratic candidate Craig Wilhelm.

 

Jamie Christman with the Chamber says you'll get good insight into the candidates.

 

"We'll take time with each candidate and direct questions to them and they'll get 90 seconds to answer.  They won't see the questions before hand.  This is an opportunity for the candidates to ask each other questions and then closing comments.  It should be very enlightening and engaging with everybody there."

 

The debate will be held at Volcanic Theater Pub Tuesday with a meet and greet period between 5 and 5:30 and the debate getting underway at 5:30.

 

To register go to www.bendchamber.org

 

KBND's Kelly Bleyer is one of the moderators and we'll have a full report on the event.

Latest on Possible Sightings of a Missing Oregon Women in Washington's San Juan Islands


38 year old Jennifer Huston was last seen in that area July 24th filling up her car with gas and she hasn't been seen since.

 

There's a couple in the San Juan Islands in Washington that believes they saw Huston on the San Juan Islands ferry last Thursday.

 

San Juan County Under Sheriff Bruce Ditsler says they're investigating.

 

"We consider this tip uncorroborated at this time, but we're looking to see if we can locate her car or her.  So on routine patrols we have officers looking at campgrounds and in parking lots trying to locate the vehicle somewhere on the island."

 

Huston was driving a dark green 1999 Lexus with Oregon plates WXH 011.  Neither she nor her car have been seen since.

Mt. Bachelor Motel Robbery


Police say 27 year old Jeffrey Doty of Bend and 22 year old Sergei Newlin faces robbery and assault charges.

 

They say a 24 year old victim agreed to meet with Doty and Newlin at the motel to purchase controlled substances and when he entered the room he was struck with a metal pipe and his money and pills were taken from him.

 

He suffered non life threatening injuries to his face and mouth.

 

The men were all acquaintances.

Governor Kitzhaber is Engaged to his Long Time Girlfriend


The Governor's Office confirmed the two have been engaged for a couple of weeks, but have not set a wedding date.

 

The 67 year old Governor started dating Hayes who is almost 47, back in 2002 when Hayes ran for a State House seat in Bend.

 

Both Kitzhaber and Hayes have been divorced twice.

Vehicle Hits Pilates Studio in NW Crossing


It happened just before 11 A.M. Monday when the vehicle hit the Peach Pilates Studio while a small class was exercising.

 

Police were at the scene at the corner of Mt. WAshignton and NW Crossing Drive for several more hours securing the building and removing the car.

 

Several people were hurt by flying glass and suffered other injures from the crash.

 

Police are not releasing the condition of the driver or those injured due to national healthcare protection laws.

Overall Health Insurance Rates Will be More Competitive in Oregon Next Year


Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali attributes the decrease in some premiums to competition and Oregonians expanded access to health coverage.

 

Lisa Morawski with the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services agrees.

 

"Another thing we're seeing is more Oregonians have access and that's resulting in less uncompensated coverage . Its services that are unpaid to medical providers.  And because there's less uncompensated care, and that's bringing down rates as well."

 

Although rates vary by insurer, the average monthly premium for a standard plan for a 40 year old will be $250 a month, compared to $262 dollars a month in 2014.

 

Moda Healthcare has two thirds of the individual healthcare market in the state and they are raising rates by ten percent, but many smaller carriers are dropping rates next year.

Bend Parks and Rec Opens a New Off Leash Area for Small Dogs


Ponderosa Park off of 15th Street and Wilson AVenue just opened a new fully-fenced area with grass to small dogs.

 

There have been examples of dogs being injured or killed by other dogs at area parks, but  Jan Taylor with Bend Parks and Rec says there are other reasons to separate big and small dogs.

 

"You know I don't know about safety as much as pure enjoyment, because big dogs can be a little rough.  So now these smaller dogs won't have to be in competition with 'em"

 

There is also a small dog off leash area at Riverbend Park and they are currenlty building one at Pine Nursery Park.  That one is expected to open this fall.

Deschutes County Hires a New 911 Director


His name is Steve Reinke and he comes from Washington state.

 

Reinke was the 911 Director for Kittitas County in Ellensburg, Washington.

 

Early in his career, Reinke was a firefighter/paramedic and deputy sheriff.

 

Deschutes County has had 17 different 911 directors in the last twenty years.

 

Rob Poirier left the job in June of 2013.

 

Reinke will start in Deschutes County Tuesday September 2nd.

Accident in the Benham Falls Area Kills a Colorado Man


Killed was 62 year old Daniel Lowry of Dolores, Colorado.

 

The Sheriff's Department says Lowry was planning to kayak Benham Falls and was likely scouting the area in preparation of that and fell down a 40 to 50 foot cliff on Saturday.

 

Citizens on the scene say the injuries he sustained in the fall, killed him.

Fatal Crash Alfalfa Market Road


The accident happened Friday just after noon on Alfalfa Market Road near Dodds Road in Bend.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says 21 year old Kayleen Abbey was killed when she lost control of her pick up truck and rolled. The truck came to rest on its top in an irrigation canal.

 

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

 

The cause and manner of this accident are still being investigated.

Governor invokes the Emergency Conflagration Act


Governor Kitzhaber Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Beaver Complex Fire

Fire located in Jackson and Klamath counties threatens about 170 residences


(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act on Friday, Aug. 1, in response to the Beaver Complex Fire burning in Jackson and Klamath counties.

In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Kitzhaber determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire and that the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

By invoking the Emergency Conflagration Act, the Governor ordered Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal to mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with all appropriate Fire Defense Chiefs for the use of personnel and equipment to suppress and contain the fire.

"The Beaver Complex in Southern Oregon continues to burn, and the State Fire Marshal and the Department of Forestry are working closely with the local community to minimize threats to people, property and natural resources," Governor Kitzhaber said. "I have directed all available state resources to help contain the fire and ensure that nearby communities have every resource necessary to protect citizens."

The fire has burned more than 11,000 acres. This emergency was declared only for the Beaver Complex Fire and is effective immediately.



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Senator Wyden Pushes Senators to Pass Emergency Funding to Help Fight Wildfires Before Recess


Wyden told senators wildfires are burning across the West and they are bigger, hotter and more damaging.

 

He calls them a wreckling ball, pounding the rural West.

 

"And the prospect that we could be leaving this week without this change, well, I call it legislative malpractice.  We have an opportunity with bipartisan legislation to make a real difference.  We have a a chance to spend scarce dollars wisely and in the West it's nothing short of survival."

 

Wyden says fire prevention funds are being used to fight fires instead of prevent them.  He says he saw what prevention can do in central Oregon during our recent Two Bulls fire.

 

"So my hope is we can treat hazardous fuels and do more prevention work.  And I saw with a fire in central Oregon when it reached the treated areas outside of Bend, it stopped  dead in its tracks.  I saw the difference between acres treated and areas left untreated."

 

Wyden says his bill would end the practice of "fire borrowing"  -- which happens when the Forest Service and the Interior Department are force to take money from other important programs to fund suppression efforts.

U.S. House Passes 16 Billion VA Overhaul Bill


U.S. Representative Greg Walden of Oregon was in the overwhelming majority that voted to improve healthcare for veterans and help bring accountability to the department.

 

The bill is a compromise agreement between House and Senate negotiators reached this week.

 

"This will allow us to hire more doctors and make it easier to dismiss senior managers who have failed to live up to their responsibilities.  The plan also allows more veterans to go outside the VA System to access care in the communities where they live.  It's a good first step for veterans and their families, but there's a lot more reform that needs to be done at the VA to get accountability in that broken agency."

 

The bill would fund new facilities and more doctors and nurses and would allow veterans to seek healthcare ouside the VA system.

 

The Senate is expected to vote on the plan as early as Thursday.

10 Barrel Brewing Recalls Its Swill Brew


Apparently these bottles are experiencing secondary fermentation in the bottle and they are exploding because of over carbonation.

 

The company quickly decided to remove the Swill bottles from store shelves and to offer full refunds to those who have bought it.

 

10 Barrel owner Garrett Wales says all the rest of their beer products are fine.

 

"The Swill itself is an entirely different brewing process.  It's very unique, very different, so all our other brewers we stand behind, there's no problem whatsoever."

 

If you are seeking a refund you can notify 10 Barrel by emailing them at swill@10barrel.com or by calling the phone number on the 10 Barrel website.

Crook County Make Several Arrests in a String of Home Burglaries


Two search warrants uncovered stolen property taken during the home burglaries.

 

Arrested were 34 year old Kelly Shearer, 32 year old Lucas Bechtel and 36 year old Talina Ortiz, all of Prineville.

 

The primary susepct in the case is 33 year old Bob Bryant who is still at large.

 

He is considered potentially armed and dangerous.

 

If you see him you should use extreme caution and call the Crook County Sheriff's Office.

Bend Police Looking for Suspect Who Held up Ace America Cash Express


The suspect is about 5'8" to 5'10" tall with a medium build.  He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black baseball cap and black sunglasses.

 

Police say the suspect entered the business by himself and demanded cash just after 9 A.M. Wednesday morning.  He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.  No one was injured.

 

Witnesses say the suspect drove away in a blue, four door SUV with Oregon license plates.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bend Police Department.

Bend Man Debuts New Farm Game at Deschutes County Fair


This is Tony Aceti's second game.  The first one was called "Word Roulette."

 

This new one also uses a roulette wheel, but allows players to build a farm.

 

Aceti operates the Hay Depot at Deschutes Junction so he knows the business.

 

"Going from hay producer and owning Hay Depot to game producer is really fun and I look foward to debuting it at the county fair this week."

 

The game involves picking a farm type and building it from ground up.

 

It is for children ages 6 and up and each game lasts about a half hour.

Traffic note, letter from City of Bend


Media and news outlets:

 

We previously reported that the closure could be Wednesday or Thursday. Contractors have informed us that the work will be done on Thursday night, starting at 7 p.m. and lasting through 7 a.m. Friday morning.

 

The City of Bend and contractor Jack Robinson and Sons, Inc. will close the Third Street underpass for approximately 12 hours at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, subject to weather conditions and subcontractor availability. 

Permanent striping will be applied to the underpass roadway in addition to some miscellaneous maintenance during the closure.  

Traffic will be detoured to Wilson Avenue, Ninth Street and Franklin Avenue.

 

FIRE NEWS, Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, 10a report, Wednesday


FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 30, 2014 10 a.m.

 

Lightning Storm Ignites 30 Wildfires in Central Oregon:
Red Flag Warning for ‘Abundant Lightning’ in Effect Through Saturday

 

Prineville—Approximately 700 lightning strikes started over 30 small fires in Central Oregon yesterday afternoon and evening, mostly on the Deschutes National Forest.  Firefighters engaged early and kept nearly all the fires under 1 acre, including one in the critical Bend Municipal Watershed.

Two fires north of the Ochoco National Forest on private land and Prineville BLM land are larger and burning in lighter fuels. One fire 5 miles west of Condon is approximately 1,000 acres with zero containment and the cause of that fire is unknown at this time. The second fire, 2 miles southwest of Dayville, was caused by lightning and has been lined at 16 acres. Firefighters will continue mopping up the fire, which is predominantly on private land.

The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning. The warning will be in effect from 1 p.m. today through 11 p.m. Saturday, August 2. 

Warm Springs Considers Going Out a Fourth Time to Win Approval for a Racetrack


One idea is to build a motor sports complex, but tribal members have failed to approve it the three times they've voted on it.

 

J.P. Patt is a former chairman of the tribes and supports the racetrack plan.

 

For passage they need a third of tribal membes to vote and of them a majority must approve it.

 

He says they haven't be able to do that.

 

"You can look at it a number of different ways.  People aren't interested in it so they are not going to vote or we didn't do enough getting information out and being convincing enough about it, explaining it so they say, yeah it's a good project and I'm gonna vote for it."

 

Patt says they haven't made a decision yet whether they will go out a fourth time to seek approval for the racing complex that would include a racetrack, a drag strip plus an RV park and hotels.

Land Under the Redmond Greenhouse is Sold to the State to Make Way for a Larger Highway


He still hopes to sell the business in the next couple years before road work begins.

 

"We no longer own the property, so the marbles have come into play and we'll have to wait and see through time, thought and negotiations what happens.  In a perfect world, I still hope to sell the business and I can work for the new owners."

 

The current location of the Redmond Greenhouse is right in the way of the planned road work, but a future owner could move it over, so not to affect the construction or more it somewhere else.

 

The Redmond Greenhouse has been in central Oregon since the 1950's and has been owend by Stott since the 1980's.

Redmond Area Mobile Home Park Gets a Hefty Fine for Sewer Problems


The park is discharging untreated or partially treated sewage onto the ground.

 

Bob Baggett with the DEQ says the fifty year old mobile home park has had continuing sewer problems since 2011, but they're trying to fix them.

 

"I believe we're looking to get the system fixed by August 21st.  I think he's well on his way of meeting that deadline.  We'll be following up once the repair is done to make sure the system is functioning properly."

 

The sewer discharged poses a public health hazard to people who come in contact with it directly or through insects and animals who have contact with it.

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Make Endangered Species Determinations More Transparent


It would require federal agencies to publish data where a species should be designated "endangered" or just "threatened."

 

Republicans like co-sponsor of the bill, Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon says it will make the process more transparent.

 

"This legislation is needed because this forty year old law hasn't been udpated.  The data used by the agency should be available to the public and also posted on line and also how much money is spent battling lawsuits."

 

The Obama Adminsitration as well as Oregonian Representative Peter DeFazio oppose the House bill saying it will increase the amount of red tape.

Bend North's Little League Proves They're State Champions


Coach Joel Jensen says he knew last year his 10 year old players made up a special team.

 

"Well, Bend South has won before, but Bend North, both ten and twelve year olds did this.  As far as Bend North, this is the first time we ever won state."

 

The Little League ten year old division stops at the state level, but the twelve year olds will travel to San Bernardino California on Thursday to compete in the Northwest Regionals.

A New Plan is Offered to Build a Third Bridge Between Oregon and Washington


The bridge would cross the Columbia River from East Vancouver and would end up in Oregon near Northeast Airport Way.

 

Clark County Commissioner David Madore was an outspoken opponent of the Columbia River Crossing, but says this plan is better because its cheaper and doesn't include light rail or tolls.

 

"The reason that we don't have tolls on this, we would end up doing more harm than good.  It will trigger tolls on the other bridge, I-5, and 205 just in a matter of time."

 

A third bridge has long been considered to relieve congestiion between the two states.

 

He says it would cost an estimated 860 million dollars.

 

Before any plans would go forward, the two legislatures and two Governors must sign off on it.

 

Sisters Will Be Asking Voters to Approve a School Bond This November


The funds would go toward roof, heating and ventilation repair, as well as work on area tracks and parking lots that are in disrepair.

 

Sisters School Board member Don Hedrick says part of the funds would help put laptops in the hands of all students.

 

"The other small piece of this is to have money to supply every student in the district with a laptop.  We're lagging behind in digital education and this would repair technology in the phone system that have to be updated for the laptops."

 

To pass the bond measure, voters have to approve it by a simple majority.

 

School district leaders say it's been seven years since the district has put any significant funds into facility maintenance.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dennis Richardson Talks Gun Control


The two candidates for Governor have differing views on this issue.

 

Governor Kitzhaber has supported recent gun control measures, but Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson doesn't believe fewer guns are the answer.

 

"It's not enough to say it's a gun free zone and hope that you're not confronted with someone with a gun.  We need to fight deadly force with deadly force and school districts have the power to address that.  I was just thinking how would I feel if I had grandchildren in these schools where people are getting killed and the Superintendent said we're not going to allow any guns here except for the people intent on murder."

 

In a newsletter following the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Connecticut, Richardson advocated for campus responders. 

 

He would like to see district employees get additional training and regular practice in the use of firearms.

Road Works Gets Underway on the Main Highway Into Prineville


Work started Sunday night and is expected to wrap up this fall.

 

The pavement condition of Highway 126 is rated as poor with extensive cracking and rutting.

 

The surface of U.S. 26 is deteriorating and needs to be repaved.

 

Paving operations will include about three miles near the bottom of the Prineville grade and about half a mile on U.S. 26 north of Prineville.

 

Work will run Sunday through Thursday from 7 P.M. to 6 A.M.

 

Traffic during those hours will be controlled by flaggers and pilot cars and could mean driver delays of up to 20 minutes.

Car Pedestrian Fatal Near Madras


Thursday night around 9 P.M., a Saturn driven by 78 year old Robert Towler of Madras was westbound on Highway 26 when he saw a man walking in the darkness in the traffic lane.

 

He attempted to avoid him, but hit him.

 

The pedestrian, 52 year old Michael Thompson of Madras was taken to St. Charles in Madras where he later died.

 

OSP trooopers are continuing to investigate the crash.

Governor Kitzhaber Calls for Several Measures to Improve Oil Train Safety


Kitzhaber wants to increase state rail inspectors, wants more funding for training and wants improved reporting and transparency on crude oil and emergency response resources.

 

The Governor asked state agencies to review oil train safety following the increase of crude oil traveling from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Oregon.

 

This announcement comes two days after the federal government released a set of nationwide rules for tougher tank car standards and lower speeds for trains carrying crude oil.

Latest on Fires Friday Afternoon


The Bridge 99 Complex fire near Camp Sherman is at nearly 6000 acres and is 67 percent contained.

 

The Shaniko Butte fire near Warm Springs has burned 42-thousand acres and is 85 percent contained.

 

And the Waterman Complex fire near Mitchell is 12,500 acres and is 90 percent contained.

 

Firefighters have also responded to several small fires in the past 24 hours and have been able to quickly control them.

traffic Impacts near Redmond, Highway 97 crash


SHERIFFS OFFICE AND BEND AND REDMOND FIRE AND RESPONDING TO A REPORTED ROLL OVER MVA WITH INJURIES ON HWY 97 NEAR YOUNG AVE NORTHBOUND LANES BLOCKED AND POSSIBLY PARTIAL SOUTHBOUND EXPECT DELAYS IN THE AREA.
 
*several callers into the KBND newsroom have reported very slow traffic or even stalled traffic in that area.  
 

CENTRAL OREGON FRIDAY MORNING FIRE UPDATE


Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update

 

Central Oregon – Firefighters have responded to several small fires in the past 24 hours. These fires have popped up after a thunderstorm with abundant lightning passed through Central Oregon earlier in the week. Smokejumpers, rappelers and engine crews have been able to respond quickly to all these fires keeping them small (<1 acre).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Fire Name

Location

Size (ESTIMATES)

Activity

Bridge 99 Complex

Deschutes National Forest

Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

1490

 

Bear Butte 2 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

 

 

 5,960 acres TOTAL

67% contained

 

 

 

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/#  or

 Information phone: 541-549-3219.

 

EVACUATIONS:  All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) have been lowered to a Level I Evacuation Order. All Level I evacuations have been lifted. The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

 

CLOSURES: The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:

Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700 (Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400. The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness. A 5-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is closed. The south closure is located north of the Shirley Lake Trail (#4003) junction and the north closure is located near Cathedral Rocks

Center Fire

Prineville BLM

Post-Paulina RFPA

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and

2,515 acres

50% contained

No additional updated information.

Logging Unit Fires

Warm Springs Reservation

Mt. Hood National Forest

Deschutes National Forest

North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire

 

 

Haily Butte

Camas Prairie/ Logging Unit

Bear Butte 2 – North

Skyline

 

10,488 acres

60% containment

 

 

108 acres

6,379 acres

 

3,884 acres

116 acres

Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Schulte)  is managing the fire.

 

For more information on the web:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/

 

NEW Public Information Line:  541-777-2862

 

Recent precipitation and higher humidities continue to allow firefighters to make a direct attack on the fire, resulting in excellent progress.

 

EVACUATIONS:  All notices have been lifted.

CLOSURES: The road and area closures that are in place on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands will remain in place.

 

Closures that apply to public with the exception of local residents:  B-180/Hwy 26 Jct., B-160/Hwy 26 Jct., B-140/Hwy26 Jct.  Closures that apply to all public:  b-160 near the B-165 Jct., County Line Rd at the end of the pavement, J-100 at the Tenino Rd/J-100 Jct.

 

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest  Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)

Ochoco Complex-

Ochoco National Forest Service

Prineville BLM

 

 

 

 

Lava Fire

Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

 

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire

3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study

 

Broadway Fire

S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

 

Antelope Fire

3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900

10,195 acres TOTAL

59 % contained

 

191 acres

99% contained

 

 

 

 

9,978 acres 29% contained

 

 

 

53 acres 100% contained

 

21 acres

100% contained

Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires.  The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area. 

 

Although the cooler weather and additional resources have allowed for good containment progress on the Fox Fire, the potential for interior tree torching that can cause spot fires outside the line perimeter is a concern as the temperature increases and humidity levels go down.


CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area.  The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3972

Pine Creek Complex

Now includes:

Pine Creek Fire

Jack Knife Fire

Black Rock Fire

Donny Brook Fire

 

Sherman County

Oregon Department of Forestry

Prineville BLM

Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Private lands

 

 

 

Donnybrook Fire

11 miles SW of Antelope

 

Black Rock Fire

3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

 

Pine Creek Fire

 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

 

Jack Knife Fire 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

102,209acres TOTAL

 

22,763 acres

97% contained

 

35,938 acres

95% contained

 

 

30,245 acres

95% contained

 

 

13,263 acres

100% contained

 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires. All fires received varying amounts of rain yesterday from .01” to 0.4”. A warming and drying trend is predicted through this weekend with relative humidity dropping back down to 25-35 percent.

 

Crews are beginning the rehab process on all fires, which includes cleaning up dozer lines and other effects of fire suppression efforts.

 

NEW Public Information Line: 541-763-0917.  This line will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

NEW Information available on the web:

Donny Brook Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3980/

Black Rock Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3977/

Pine Creek Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3969/

Jack Knife Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3975/

Shaniko Butte

Warm Springs Reservation

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

 

42,044 acre

85% containment

Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Sunshine and light winds rapidly dried roads on the Shaniko Butte Fire Thursday morning. This allowed firefighters to drive to the top of Mutton Mountains, allowing them to quickly attack the last unlined area of the fire. They completed firelines late Thursday evening.

 

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3960/

 

All EVACUATIONS and CLOSURES associated with the Shaniko Butte Fire have been lifted.

Sunflower Fire

Umatilla National Forest

 

 

10 miles NNE of Monument

7,170 acres

80% containment

The Incident Management Team will be transitioning to a Type 3 organization Saturday, July 267. The smaller organization will secure the remaining containment lines and complete restoration work.

 

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/

 

CLOSURES: As of Saturday, a smaller new area closure will go into effect to keep traffic away from areas where firefighters continue to work. Forest Road 22 (Top Road) will open. Please be careful when traveling these newly open roads. The area closure will be updated and announced on the Inciweb page listed above.

Waterman Complex

Oregon Department of Forestry

Ochoco National Forest

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).

Junction Springs

 

12,520 acres TOTAL

90% contained

 

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is managing this incident.

 

Hwy 26 between Prineville and Mitchell has REOPENED to two way travel.  Oregon Department of Transportation is performing maintenance along the road to repair damage from the fire and thunderstorms. Please use caution when traveling through the area.

 

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

 

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com

 

EVACUATIONS:  All evacuations have been lifted.

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750.  Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

 

Some Prominent Bend Businessman Push Oregonians to Approve an Open Primary in the State


Residents voted down a similar proposal six years ago, but Mike Hollern of Bend worked to try and pass the measure then and will be trying again this time.

 

He feels our political system is broken.  He explains how the primary would work.

 

"Anyone can vote in any primary and the top two finishers run off in the fall.  You could have two Republicans or two Democrats.  This time I hope we have better funding, better ballot title and a more knowledgeable electorate that sees the advantages of the open primary."

 

Hollern and Bill Smith recently wrote a letter to the Bend Bulletin urging people to support the open primary question on the November ballot.

 

They believe it could be a realistic game changer for the state and help get rid of our continual political gridlock.

 

But opponents feel it would lessen our two party system.

Senator Merkley Introduces Legislation to Phase Out Harmful Chemicals in Everyday Products


The bill called "Protecting America's Families from Toxic Chemicals Act" would phase out chemicals that don't break down in the environment.

 

Examples of such chemicals are mercury, lead and flame retardants.

 

"It's especially harmful to families.  They often end up in our food.  These chemicals are in our clothing, a pizza box.  These dangerous chemicals can cause fatal diseases like cancer, birth defects and learning disabilities."

 

Merkley says these chemicals have remained unregulated because congress hasn't updated chemical safety laws since the 1970's.

 

The phase out would apply to all sues, except where the chemical would affect national security or would cause a significant disruption to the economy and there is not an alternative.

Koch Brothers Funnel Millions of Dollars Into Republican Monica Wehby's Senate Run


The brothers are known for bankrolling conservative candidates and causes.

 

Freedom Partners is a group closely linked with the Koch Brothers and Andrew Zucker with the Jeff Merkley campaign says the  are funding a lot of buys for Wehby.

 

"The campaign has media trackers that track these things real time.  And at the end of last week, they bought 1.5 million in cable in Oregon and as of right now the Koch Brothers have funded a total of upwards 3.1 million dollars."

 

Recent filings with the Federal Election Commission show that Merkley has raised about twice as much money from April through June as Wehby did.

Oregon Senators Applaud Federal Government's Plans to Improve Regulations on Oil Trains


Senators Merkley and Wyden have been calling for better notification to state and local first responders of not only Bakken crude, but all flammable substances being transported by rail.

 

The proposed new regulations would extend those precautions to all trains carrying 20 or more tank carloads of either crude or ethanol.

 

Senator Wyden urges the Department of Transportation to notify first responders not just about  Bakken oil being transported, but about all high hazard flammable trains.

ODOT worker dies at Construction area near Echo on Tuesday, OSP news release


UPDATE: INVESTIGATION INTO ODOT EMPLOYEE DEATH DURING WORK PROJECT - HIGHWAY 320 NEAR ECHO


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 24th, 2014 10:48 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employee at a work site Tuesday afternoon along OR Highway 320 south of Interstate 84 near Echo.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on July 22, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Donald Kendall, age 54, was part of an ODOT maintenance crews working at a chip seal paving operation work site on OR Highway 320 near milepost 35. Kendall was standing behind an ODOT dump truck when it began to slowly back up, struck Kendall and ran over him.

After their fellow crew member was run over, ODOT employees immediately began providing numerous lifesaving efforts until relieved by emergency responders.

Additional interviews are pending. No other information for release at this time.
 

Construction worker death, I-84 near Boardman, OSP news release


DEATH INVESTIGATION: ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKER DIES AT WORK SITE - INTERSTATE 84 WEST OF BOARDMAN IN MORROW COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 24th, 2014 11:23 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a road construction worker Wednesday night at a work site on Interstate 84 about seven miles west of Boardman in Morrow County.

Preliminary information indicates on July 23, 2014 at approximately 11:12 p.m., OSP, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Boardman Fire Department, and Boardman Ambulance were dispatched to a reported highway construction work site accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 158. Upon arrival, emergency responders found an adult male fatally injured.

The deceased male victim, identified as GLEN WARREN McCOY, age 64, from Sparks, Nevada, was a member of a construction company (Diversified Concrete Cutting out of Sparks, Nevada) contracted with ODOT to install rumble strips at a paving project site. He was working outside of a 1999 Dodge pickup operated by another employee when the pickup, which had a piece of equipment in tow, began to slowly move forward and he was run over by the rear dual tires.

One westbound lane was closed during the investigation. ODOT responded to the scene to assist with the investigation and traffic control.

Oregon OSHA was notified.
 

Central Oregon Fire Dispatch Center, Thursday morning update


Bridge 99 Complex

Thursday, July 24, 2014   10:00 a.m.

- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Incident Information Officer Jeanne Klein

                 Incident Command Post located at Sisters Middle School

E-mail:  bridge99fire@gmail.com

Fire Information: (541) 549-3219

Start date:

7/13/14

Cause:

Lightning

 
 
 
 
 

Estimated Fire Size:

Bridge 99 Fire: 5,345 acres;

 
Southern portion Bear Butte 2 Fire: 615 acres Total complex acres  5,960

% Contained:

60% (+10%)

# of

Firefighters:

675 (-147)

Injuries to date:

 

1

Estimated Containment Date:

N/A

Closures:

 There will be no changes today in area closures or evacuation orders.  (See next page for more).

# of

20-person hand crews:

18 (-5)

# of helicopters:

1 Type I (Heavy),

1 Type II  (Medium),

2 Type III (Light)

 

 

 

Sisters OR – The Bear Butte 2 Fire continues to burn within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest.  Contingency lines using existing roads and former dozer lines are being prepared in the event the fire expands to the south and emerges outside of the Wilderness.

 

On the Bridge 99 Fire, crews will continue fire mop-up and patrol.  The fire perimeter has increased by only 45 acres from yesterday.  Excess firefighting equipment and firefighters needed elsewhere were released for possible reassignment.

 

On both fires, rain, higher humidity and cooler temperatures limited fire spread.  A cool night followed by temperatures in the 70s, damp fuels, and light winds will continue to limit fire activity today.  Burning within the interior of the fire will likely increase when hot temperatures and low humidity return this weekend.  Mop-up is continuing on the Bridge 99 Fire and will be completed in a few days.

 

Effective 12:01 a.m. July 25, 2014 (Friday), open fires, including charcoal fires, will be prohibited on National Forest or BLM lands, except in certain designated campgrounds (for a list and more information visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/centraloregon/home/?cid=fsbdev3_035880).

These restrictions DO NOT apply to Wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.  The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is now III (power saws and other spark emitting activities are prohibited after 1 pm).

 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department evacuation orders are currently as follows:

 

All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) have been lowered to a Level II Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision has been lowered to a Level I Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park remain under a Level I Evacuation Order.  The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

 

Monty Campground and Perry South Campground are open to the public.

 

The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:

 

Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700 (Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400.  The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness.  A 5-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is closed.  The south closure is located north of the Shirley Lake Trail (#4003) junction and the north closure is located near Cathedral Rocks.  An area closure has been designated on a map that is available on the Inciweb website listed below.  The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery remains closed to the public.

 The above closures and evacuation levels will continually be assessed to determine if they remain appropriate to protect public health and safety.

 For information on smoke impacts to air quality in your community, go to the Oregon Smoke Blog at: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

 

For detailed information on the fire including maps, area, road, and trail closure information, along with photos, please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/.

 The Bridge 99 Complex consists of two fires (the Bridge 99 Fire and the Bear Butte 2 Fire). The Bridge 99 Fire is burning 18 miles northwest of the city of Sisters on Green Ridge, next to the Metolius River. The southern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire is burning in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest. The northern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire is on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands and is being managed by the Fire Team working on the Logging Unit Complex.

LOGGING UNIT FIRES Thursday Morning Update


Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. PDT Fire Status Update
News & Highlights for the Logging Unit Fires
 
10,350+ acres, and 30 percent contained. 
• The Logging Unit Fires received significant precipitation over a large portion of the fire area.
The wet conditions are allowing firefighters to make a direct attack and excellent progress with line construction and mop up.
• The Level 1 Notification for Sid Walter Flats was lifted yesterday; road and area closures remain in effect for Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands (see below).
• Seven interagency hotshot crews, twenty-seven 20-person hand crews, 57 engines, 26 dozers and 19 water tenders are currently assigned.
• Four National Guard helicopters (2 Blackhawks and 2 Chinooks), a heavy and a medium helicopter are available for air support to the Logging Unit Fires. A temporary flight restriction is in place over Bear Butte.
• The Mt Hood National Forest has lifted the closure that was in place for the Olallie Scenic area and Forest Road 42. A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed with a reroute for hikers.
• Due to the precipitation, cooler temperatures and higher humidities, fire behavior has been significantly reduced, however as weather warms and fuels dry out over the next couple of days, expect fire behavior to increase.
 

Bend ADA ruling


U.S. Dept. of Justice closes ADA case against City of Bend
 
The City of Bend received a letter on July 23, 2014 stating that the U.S. Department of Justice has closed its files on the City’s 2004 Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letter from the Department of Justice says, “Your City has acceptably progressed in compliance with the Settlement Agreement.” This letter signifies that the Department of Justice acknowledges the time and effort the City has invested in bringing this matter to a positive resolution. However, the announcement from the Department of Justice does not change the City’s commitment to improving accessibility throughout the City by upgrading curb ramps and sidewalks, maintaining accessible features within City facilities and working collaboratively with various disability committee groups in the community. “
 
The City will continue to increase and improve accessibility infrastructure throughout the City of Bend,” said Karin Morris, the City’s accessibility manager. The City will periodically update its transition plan and continually look at areas across the city in need of accessibility improvements, according to Morris. The 2004 Settlement Agreement resulted from a complaint filed to the Department of Justice claiming that the City had not taken steps to provide access to its programs and services. In the 2004 settlement case with the Department of Justice, the City agreed to provide curb ramps or other sloped areas at all intersections of the streets, roads, and highways identified as having curbs or other barriers to entry from a street level pedestrian walkway. The settlement required the City to complete the work by March of 2015. The City has not expected it would be able to meet that deadline.
 
The City has, however, made considerable progress toward its goals. The City has made sure its website, public meeting notices, services and events are accessible. All of the City’s public facilities, including City Hall, Police and Public Works facilities, are now accessible. The City has hired an Accessibility Manager who meets with several disability advocacy groups and has created an accessibility advisory board that provides assistance and guidance to the City Manager on accessibility issues. “I greatly appreciate accessibility advocates for bringing these important issues to the forefront, and for pushing progress toward these goals,” said City Manager Eric King. “Of course I’m pleased with the announcement from the Department of Justice but it doesn’t change the path the City will continue to follow toward making Bend accessible for everyone.”  For more information on progress to date and future plans for further compliance, see the City of Bend’s Transition
Plan: 
 
http://bendoregon.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=15784

Senator Merkley is Hopeful Congress Will Approve Legislation to Help Bring Overseas Jobs Back Home


The Senate voted Wednesday to debate the "Bring Jobs Home Act" in the next couple of days.

 

The same legislation was filibustered by Republicans back in 2012.

 

Senator Merkley was an original co-sponsor of the bill in part because manufacturing is a key part of Oregon's economy.

 

"Indeed manufacturing is a huge driver of Oregon's economy.  In the last few years, it's the first or second state with the largest share of our economy that relies on manufacturing.  This catches a lot of people off guard.  So this is a big deal to us."

 

The bill will create a new tax credit for companies that spend money to bring overseas jobs back home, while eliminating tax deductions for companies that move jobs abroad.

Dennis Richardson Comes to Bend to Build Support for His Run for Governor


He spoke at the Awbrey Glen Country Club at a fundraising dinner Tuesday night.

 

He stopped into the KBND studios Wednesday.  He says the most frequent question he gets is how is he going to beat a Democratic Governor in a state with more Democrats than Republicans.

 

"The way I overcome the significant voter differential is not by focusing on party politics, but what Oregonians care more about, how to get decent jobs and better education and pay our mortgage and not just stay in this abyss where there's talk about change, but it really doesn't happen."

 

Richardson says recent polling has him closing the gap on incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber.

 

Richardson says if people in the state approve of the job Kitzhaber is doing he won't win, but if they don't, he's offering an alternative.

Senator Merkley's Campaign Criticizes Monica Wehby's Budget Saying It Would Enact Drastic Cuts


Last week, Monica Wehby endorsed a budget backed by national Republicans called "Cut, cap and balance."

 

Oregon House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, a Democrat from Eugene says this budget would result in across the board cuts to several important government programs.

 

"Monica Wehby's support for cut, cap and balance stands out because it explains how you could afford to give massive tax breaks to milionaires, billionaires and corporations moving jobs overseas.  She would enact a tea party budget that would have massive cuts for social security and medicare."

 

The Center for American Progress say this budget would mean a 25 percent cut to everything in the feeral govenrment, including social security, medicare and medicaid.

Reaction to Conflicting Court Decisions on Subsidies for the Affordable Care Act


Unfortunately the decisions conflict.

 

The court in Washington D.C. ruled only state exchanges can offer subsidies, while the court in Virginia ruled these subsidies can be offered at the feeral exchange.

 

Steve Buckstein with the Cascade Policy Institute says he warned the Cover Oregon Board back in April, these cases could have ramificaitons for Oreognians when they go to the federal website starting this November.

 

"These cases have been percolating thorugh the system and they are now on the front burner and hopefully they will lead to a broader discussion on can the President ignore congress and what the law says and make up his own rules?"

 

Cover Oergon officials says the court decisions will not affect Oregonians because we are considered a "supported state-based exchange."

 

Buckstein expects the final decision to come from the Supreme Court or Congress.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Dennis Richardson Comes to Bend for a Fundraiser


He came here Tuesday night for a fundraising dinner at the Awbrey Glen Country Club.

 

He was hosted by Chuck Shepard, who owns the Hood Doo ski area.

 

Shepard admits he's a Democrat, but met Richardson and was impressed, so asked him to speak to some of his neighbors.

 

"The reason I put this together was not so much political views, more I'm looking for a candidate I can feel good about, who I can trust.  So often they turn on you and not vote how we think they'll vote.  My favorite politicians have been the ones who have been honest."

 

About 50 people signed up to attend the one hundred dollar a plate dinner at Awbrey Glen.

 

 

Local Fire Restrictions start in Central Oregon this week


 
 
FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN IN CENTRAL OREGON THIS WEEK
 
Central Oregon – With hot and dry conditions expected to continue and fire suppression resources already responding to numerous wildfires around Central Oregon, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing campfire restrictions. Effective 12:01 a.m. July 25, 2014 (Friday), open fires, including charcoal fires, will be prohibited, except in the following designated campgrounds:
 
Crescent Ranger District: Contorta Flat, Contorta Point, Crescent Lake, Princess Creek, Simax Group, Spring, Sunset Cove, Trapper Creek, Whitefish Horse Camp, Windy Group Site, and Industrial Mushroom Camp (Little Odell Butte).
 
Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District: Crane Prairie, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Fall River, Fall River Guard Station, Gull Point, Lava Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Little Fawn, Little Fawn Group, Little Lava Lake, Mallard Marsh, North Twin, Point, Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, Quinn River, Rock Creek, Sheep Bridge, South, South Twin, West South, Big River Group, Bull Bend, Wyeth, Cinder Hill, East Lake, Little Crater, Newberry, Ogden Group, Paulina Lake, and Prairie.
 
Sisters Ranger District: Allen Springs, Allingham, Blue Bay, Camp Sherman, Candle Creek, Cold Spring, Driftwood, Gorge, Graham Corral, Indian Ford, Jack Creek, Link Creek, Lower Bridge, Lower Canyon Creek, Perry South, Pine Rest, Pioneer Ford, Riverside, Scout Lake, Sheep Spring, Smiling River, South Shore, Suttle Lake, Three Creeks Lake, Three Creeks Meadow, Three Creeks Horse Camp, and Whispering Pine.
 
Lookout Mountain Ranger District: Antelope Flat Reservoir, Deep Creek, Ochoco Divide, Ochoco Forest, Walton Lake and Wildcat.
 
Paulina Ranger District: Sugar Creek and Wolf Creek.
 
Crooked River National Grassland: Skull Hollow and Haystack Reservoir.
 
Prineville BLM: Big Bend, Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte.
 
 
These restrictions DO NOT apply to Wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.
 
In addition to campfire restrictions, smoking is restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, in a designated campground, in boats on lakes and rivers, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material. Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.
 
Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.
 
In addition to Public Use Restrictions, the Prineville BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland have moved to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL). The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands. IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown” and restricts the use of chainsaws to loading sites on tractor/skidder operations to between the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Only cable yarding systems that use non-motorized systems are allowed. Industrial welding and mechanized loading operations are also restricted to the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Industrial and permitted operations may request a waiver from the Forest Service or BLM depending on land ownership at the activity location. It is the responsibility of all operators to know and follow the requirements of the current fire precaution level.
 
More information about both IFPL and Public Use Restrictions can be found at the Deschutes National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/centraloregon/home/?cid=fsbdev3_035880
 
Public use restrictions are not put in place to ruin camping experiences. Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to implement fire restrictions. Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence only increase the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater burden on already busy firefighters.  Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.
 
-END-
 
About the BLM:  The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.  In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
 
 
The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
 
 
 
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LOGGING UNIT FIRES UPDATE, Wednesday Morning


Logging Unit Fires
Fire Information Update
https://www.facebook.com/pages/CTWS-Fire-Management/118486491629224
loggingunitfiresinfo@gmail.com
 
Acres: 10,350 and 20 percent contained.   1100 people fighting the fires.
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. PDT Fire Status Update
News & Highlights for the Logging Unit Fires
• Firefighters continue to make excellent progress with line construction on the Logging Unit/Camas Prairie Fire. Due to moderated weather yesterday, firefighters were able to make a direct attack on the fire with no aircraft support required.
• The Sid Walter Flat area remains in a Level 1 Notification.
• Road and area closures are in effect for Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands (see below).
• Five interagency hotshot crews, twenty-five 20-person hand crews, 53 engines, 27 dozers and 19 water tenders are currently assigned.
• Currently, four National Guard helicopters (2 Blackhawks and 2 Chinooks), a heavy and a medium helicopter are available for air support to the Logging Unit Fires.
• The Mt Hood National Forest will be lifting the closure on the Ollalie Scenic Area today. The Pacific Crest Trail closure will remain in place with a reroute for hikers available.
• From the Cascade Crest east across the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands, between 1,500-1,700 lightning strikes were received yesterday afternoon/evening. As weather warms in the coming days, an increase in initial attack activity is expected.
• A Red Flag warning is in effect for lightning with a 60% chance of rain/thunderstorms.
 
Logging Unit Operations Summary:
With the moderated weather, firefighters continue to make excellent progress on the Logging Unit Fires. On the Skyline and Haily Butte Fires, crews have progressed significantly with mop-up operations. On the Logging Unit/Camas Prairie Fire, crews have made good progress utilizing the anchor point on the west flank to move in an easterly direction on both the N and S flanks. Crews are also working towards the W flank from the E flank.
On the Bear Butte 2, firefighters made good progress with mop up and line construction.
Firefighters continue to mop up the Pinhead Fires and are also working on a couple of spot fires located outside the lines on the Camas Prairie and Bear Butte 2 Fire.
Today, firefighters will continue to take advantage of the moderated weather pattern, although there is a safety concern associated with the potential for slips, trips and falls and hazardous driving conditions associated with wet surfaces. Firefighters will focus on a direct attack approach wherever possible, continuing with hand and dozer lines, mop up and felling of trees as needed. Firefighters from the Logging Unit Fires will also provide initial attack support to Warm Springs Agency Fire Management as requested for new starts.
FIRE FACTS:
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Road & Area Closures:
Closures that apply to public with the exception of local residents:
• B-180/Hwy 26 Jct
• B-160/Hwy 26 Jct
• B-140/Hwy 26 Jct
Closures that apply to all public:
• B-160 near the B-165 Jct
• County Line Rd at the end of the pavement
• J-100 at the Tenino Rd/J-100 Jct
Area Closures:
Log Unit/Camas Prairie Fire Closure
Northern Boundary: From the W-100/W-200/B-200 Jct, west on the W-200 to the W-240 to the S650 to the Reservation boundary.
Eastern Boundary: From the W-100/W-200/B-200 Jct, south on the B-200 to the B-200/B-210 Jct (Trout Lake Rd).
Southern Boundary: From the B-200/P-500/B-210 (Trout Lake Rd) Jct west to Trout Lake.
Bear Butte 2 Fire Closure:
All areas south of Whitewater Canyon to Jefferson Cr/Reservation Boundary.
Mt Hood National Forest Closures (Ollalie Scenic Area closure will lift today but Pacific Crest Trail closure will remain in place with a reroute):
• FR 4220 between FR 46 and Warm Springs
• Closure area near Ollalie Lakes
• Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Road 42 at the Joe Graham Campground (Mile 2083). For additional information on the Pacific Crest Trail status, contact the Mt Hood National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/mthood or the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org
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Logging Unit Fires: Located on Warm Springs Agency approximately 25 miles NW of Warm Springs. Fire is burning in mixed conifer above 3800 feet and ponderosa pine below 3800 feet and grass & brush at lower elevations. Started: July 16, 2014. Cause: Lightning caused. Location: Western boundary of Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs lands.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Potentially slick roads associated with precipitation and downdrafts/wind shifts associated with thunderstorms. Firefighters are maintaining an excellent safety record to date on this incident.
RESOURCE CONCERNS: Main concerns include the threat to commercial timber and natural resources on Warm Springs lands, including old growth trees, pristine spring chinook runs, water quality, wildlife, plant and cultural concerns.
WEATHER: Moisture will remain in place across the area and will be sufficient for scattered showers/isolated thunderstorms with a 60% chance of wetting rain. Temperatures will range from the high 60s to the mid 70s and humidities ranging from high 30s to mid-40s percentile. An inversion should lift by the afternoon. On Thursday, partly cloudy and windy changing to sunny, windy and warmer on Friday.
TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Another good day for firefighting with some precipitation over the area and elevated humidities, expect limited rates of spread and low-intensity creeping and smoldering.
COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Warm Springs Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mt Hood National Forest, Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest and Prineville Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

TUESDAY 9PM Fire Update for Central Oregon


FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 22, 2014 9:00 p.m.

 

Central Oregon EVENING Fire Update

YELLOW Highlight indicates changed information since the last Update

 

Central Oregon- Reports of new lightning-caused fires began coming into Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at  3 p.m. in the afternoon today.  Early fire reports  were primarily located in the same area of the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM that was hard hit during the last lightning storm.  Many of the new starts are close to where the Ochoco Complex and Center fires are already burning.

 

Initial attack crews and engines were prepared to respond to these starts and by 5 p.m. firefighting resources were dispatched across the Central Oregon area from Crescent to Paulina.  By 9 p.m. the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center was responding to 40+ reports with many fires already lined and contained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Fire Name

Location

Size (ESTIMATES)

Activity

Bridge 99 Complex

Deschutes National Forest

Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

1490

 

Bear Butte 2 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

 

 

 5,915 acres TOTAL

31% contained

 

 

 

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/#  or

 phone: 541-549-3219.

 

Firefighters made good progress yesterday constructing containment lines and conducting small burn-outs to further secure the Bridge 99 Fire.   The fire settled down nicely under heavy cloud cover for most of the day, which assisted firefighters.

 

EVACUATIONS in place:  Today all private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) were reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are in a Level I Evacuation Order.

 

Monty and Perry South Campgrounds REOPENED.

 

CLOSURES:  Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400/700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/118 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140 an Forest Road 1420400.  The Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1), Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trail and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area are closed.

Center Fire

Prineville BLM

Post-Paulina RFPA

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and

2,515 acres

30% contained

No additional updated information.

Logging Unit Fires

Warm Springs Reservation

Mt. Hood National Forest

Deschutes National Forest

North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire

9,500 acres

5% containment

Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2.

 

For more information on the web:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/

 

NEW Public Information Line:  541-777-2862

 

 

EVACUATIONS: A Level 2 Notification has been issued to the residents of the Sid Walter Flat Area.  Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification.  The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road.

 

CLOSURES:  On the Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Road 4220 between Forest Road 46 and Warm Springs.  Closure area near Ollalie Lakes.

 

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest  Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)

Ochoco Complex-

Ochoco National Forest Service

Prineville BLM

 

 

 

Lava Fire

Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

 

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire

3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study area, near FS Road 4230.

 

Broadway Fire

S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

 

Antelope Fire

3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900

6,333 acres TOTAL

 

 

 

191 acres

45% contained

 

 

 

6,116 Acres 18% contained

 

 

 

 

53 acres 100% contained

 

21 acres

100% contained

Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires.  The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area. 

 

Firefighters made excellent progress yesterday, keeping acreage growth to a minimum.  Crews completed mop up on the Antelope Fire and will continue mop up on the Broadway Fire for a couple more days to secure the line.

 

A Public Meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bowman Museum, 246 N. Main Street, in Prineville to share information on the Waterman and Ochoco Complexes.


CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area.  The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3972

Pine Creek Complex

Now includes:

Pine Creek Fire

Jack Knife Fire

Black Rock Fire

Donny Brook Fire

 

Sherman County

Oregon Department of Forestry

Prineville BLM

Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Private lands

 

 

 

Donnybrook Fire

11 miles SW of Antelope

 

Black Rock Fire

3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

 

Pine Creek Fire

 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

 

Jack Knife Fire

Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

 

 

102,002acres TOTAL

 

22,763 acres

70% contained

 

 

35,731 acres

85% contained

 

 

30,245 acres

65% contained

 

 

13,263 acres

100% contained

 

 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires.

 

Firefighters strengthened containment lines yesterday, which has significantly increased containment on both the Donnybrook , Black Rock and Pine Creek fires. Continuing mop-up operations on the Pine Creek Fire. Firefighters are monitoring and putting out hotspots mostly in stumps and slash piles on the Donnybrook Fire.

 

NEW Public Information Line: 541-763-0917.  This line will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

NEW Information available on the web:

Donny Brook Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3980/

Black Rock Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3977/

Pine Creek Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3969/

Jack Knife Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3975/

 

EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Sheriff Dept lifted all Evacuation Advisements for Wheeler County at noon. (Twickenham, West Branch, and Rowe Road)

Shaniko Butte

Warm Springs Reservation

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

 

42,500 acre

75% containment

Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Crews completed four miles of burnout along the S-210 Road at the southernmost boundary of the fire

 

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3960/

 

EVACUATIONS:  The Level 2 Notification for residences near Dant and the Level 1 Notification for homes along Road S-300 Simnasho have both been removed.  Under the authority of the Wasco County Sheriff, residences in the Kaskella area will temporarily remain on a Level 1 Notification.

 

CLOSURES: S-300/Highway 3 Junction and Redlake Cemetery Road/Highway 3 Junction.

Sunflower Fire

Umatilla National Forest

 

 

10 miles NNE of Monument

7,146 acres

50% containment

The fire is burning on the south side of the Wall creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks has moved into the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainages.  Localized winds caused torching and spotting throughout the day yesterday.

 

A community meeting will be held in Monument at the Senior and Community center at 1 p.m. today to provide updates to the public about the fire.

 

Firefighters are making excellent progress securing the fire perimeter.  The fire has not crossed Indian Creek Road.  Precipitation overnight did not thoroughly wet the ground vegetation.

 

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/

 

CLOSURES: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 22 from the junction with NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 in Section 23, T6S, R26E to the south and east to the Section 20 & Section 21 border; thence southerly along the Section 20 & Section 21 border from the NFSR 22, Section 20 & 21 border junction to the NFSR 22 where it crosses the Section 29 & Section 28; thence south westerly on NFSR 22 to the junction with NFSR 23 in Section 29, T7S, R27; thence west on NFSR 23 to the junction with NFSR 2128 in Section 25 of T7S, R26E; thence northerly on NFSR 2128 to where it intersects with the Morrow County OHV park boundary on the northwest corner of Section 2, T7S, R26E; thence easterly and northerly along the boundary of OHV park to where the OHV park boundary meets the NFSR 22 road on the boundary of Section 23 & Section 26, T6S, R26E; thence northerly to the NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 junction in Section 23, T6S, R26E.

Ward Canyon

Private lands

South Sherman County

8 miles west of Antelope

Estimated at 15,000 acres

The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.

Waterman Complex

Oregon Department of Forestry

Ochoco National Forest

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).

Junction Springs

 

12,520 acres TOTAL

75% contained

 

Bailey Butte

10,276 acres

70% contained

 

Toney Butte

2,200 acres

100% contained

 

Junction Springs

15 acres

100% contained

 

#376

.25 acres

100% contained

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is managing this incident.

 

Successful burnout operations are allowing Hwy 26 to REOPEN tomorrow for travel.  One lane of travel will be available and cars will be escorted with a pilot car.  People should anticipate up to 45 minute delays at times.

 

A Public Meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bowman Museum, 246 N. Main Street, in Prineville to share information on the Waterman and Ochoco Complexes.

 

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

 

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com

 

Due to an increase in relative humidity, firefighters were unable to complete burnout operations early this morning.  During the evening crews did burnout operations from Corral Flats to the Hwy 26 corridor.  Once the burnout and hazard tree operations along Hwy 26 it will partially open for travel.

 

EVACUATIONS:  The Crook County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has lowered the Evacuation Notice to a Level 2 in the Marks Creek areas of 9 a.m. this morning.  The Evacuation Level for the West Branch area was lifted at noon today.

 

ALTERNATE ROUTE BETWEEN PRINEVILLE AND MITCHELL: An alternate driving route through the Ochoco National Forest between Prineville and Mitchell is open, but the Forest Roads can be steep, rock and washed out in places.  People should have a map and an appropriate vehicle before choosing this route.

 

From Prineville, turn south on Combs Flat Road and continue east on Highway 380 past Post and Paulina.  About 5 miles east of Paulina, turn north on Wolf Creek Road and continue north to a Y where Forest Road 42 and Forest Road 58 depart.  Take Forest Road 42.  The road passes Salters Cabin campground and Wolf Creek campground as it enters the national forest.

 

Follow Forest Road 42 to Six Corners junction, then turn onto Forest Road 122, which leaves the junction heading east before turning north.  Stay on Forest Road 12 to its junction with Highway 26, about 10 miles east of Mitchell.  For additional information, please contact Patrick Lair, Ochoco NF Public Affairs Officer, at 541-416-6647.

 

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750.  Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

 

Shaniko Butte Fire, Wednesday morning update, lots of lightning strikes!


Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1
Ross Williams, Incident Commander
 
Shaniko Butte Daily Update
July 23, 2014, 7 a.m.
 
The Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain on Tuesday afternoon from a thunderstorm that also produced a powerful display of lightning and thunder. 900 strikes were detected on and near the Warm Springs Reservation. Firefighters will be on the lookout today and throughout the week for possible “sleeper” fires from lightning strikes that begin to show up when the fuels start drying out. 
 
Today’s weather forecast continues yesterday’s Red Flag Warning for intense thunderstorms. 
 
All notifications regarding possible evacuations with respect to the Shaniko Butte Fire have been lifted, and all road closures have been removed.
 
In the face of changing weather conditions, the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1 has altered their strategy for boxing in the fire. Rather than burning out along the steep two-mile dozer line from the top of the Mutton Mountains, they will instead establish a fireline near the Mutton Mountain ridgeline and tie it into the fire scar left by last year’s Sunnyside Fire. The Team now intends to use that burned area as a fire break.
 
The medium-lift helicopter assigned to the Shaniko Butte Fire has been reassigned to the Logging Unit Fires. 
 
The reported acreage of the fire was reduced by nearly 2000 acres when the smoke lifted and it was realized that the unburned area in the southeast portion of the fire is larger than the original estimate. 
 
Fire at a Glance
 
Size: 40,575 acres
 
Containment: 75%
 
Location:  15 miles north of the town of Warm Springs, Oregon
 
Cause:  Started by lightning on Sunday, July 13, 2014
 
Assigned personnel:  313
 
Aircraft:
1 Heavy-lift KMAX helicopter
1 Light-lift helicopter
 
 
Fire Information E-Mail: Shaniko.Butte@gmail.com
 

 

COIDC AFTERNOON fire report, Tuesday


FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release:  July 22, 2014 1:45 p.m.

 

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update

YELLOW Highlight indicates changed information since the last Update

 

Central Oregon- Initial attack crews prepare to take on new fire starts as thunderstorms with abundant lightning are anticipated tomorrow in Central Oregon while fire crews on large incidents continue to contain fires started by last week’s lightning.

 

Fire Name

Location

Size (ESTIMATES)

Activity

Bridge 99 Complex

Deschutes National Forest

Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

1490

 

Bear Butte 2 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

 

 

 5,915 acres TOTAL

31% contained

 

 

 

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/#  or

 phone: 541-549-3219.

 

Firefighters made good progress yesterday constructing containment lines and conducting small burn-outs to further secure the Bridge 99 Fire.   The fire settled down nicely under heavy cloud cover for most of the day, which assisted firefighters.

 

EVACUATIONS in place:  Today all private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) were reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision reduced to a Level 1 Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are in a Level I Evacuation Order.

 

Monty and Perry South Campgrounds REOPENED.

 

CLOSURES:  Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400/700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/118 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140 an Forest Road 1420400.  The Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1), Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trail and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area are closed.

Center Fire

Prineville BLM

Post-Paulina RFPA

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and

2,515 acres

30% contained

 

Logging Unit Fires

Warm Springs Reservation

Mt. Hood National Forest

Deschutes National Forest

North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire

9,500 acres

5% containment

Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2.

 

For more information on the web:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/

 

NEW Public Information Line:  541-777-2862

 

 

EVACUATIONS: A Level 2 Notification has been issued to the residents of the Sid Walter Flat Area.  Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification.  The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road.

 

CLOSURES:  On the Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Road 4220 between Forest Road 46 and Warm Springs.  Closure area near Ollalie Lakes.

 

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest  Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)

Ochoco Complex-

Ochoco National Forest Service

Prineville BLM

 

 

 

Lava Fire

Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

 

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire

3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study area, near FS Road 4230.

 

Broadway Fire

S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

 

Antelope Fire

3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900

6,333 acres TOTAL

 

 

 

191 acres

45% contained

 

 

 

6,116 Acres 18% contained

 

 

 

 

53 acres 100% contained

 

21 acres

100% contained

Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires.  The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area. 

 

Firefighters made excellent progress yesterday, keeping acreage growth to a minimum.  Crews completed mop up on the Antelope Fire and will continue mop up on the Broadway Fire for a couple more days to secure the line.

 

A Public Meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bowman Museum, 246 N. Main Street, in Prineville to share information on the Waterman and Ochoco Complexes.


CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area.  The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3972

Pine Creek Complex

Now includes:

Pine Creek Fire

Jack Knife Fire

Black Rock Fire

Donny Brook Fire

 

Sherman County

Oregon Department of Forestry

Prineville BLM

Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Private lands

 

 

 

Donnybrook Fire

11 miles SW of Antelope

 

Black Rock Fire

3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

 

Pine Creek Fire

 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

 

Jack Knife Fire

Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

 

 

102,002acres TOTAL

 

22,763 acres

70% contained

 

 

35,731 acres

85% contained

 

 

30,245 acres

65% contained

 

 

13,263 acres

100% contained

 

 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires.

 

Firefighters strengthened containment lines yesterday, which has significantly increased containment on both the Donnybrook , Black Rock and Pine Creek fires. Continuing mop-up operations on the Pine Creek Fire. Firefighters are monitoring and putting out hotspots mostly in stumps and slash piles on the Donnybrook Fire.

 

NEW Public Information Line: 541-763-0917.  This line will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

NEW Information available on the web:

Donny Brook Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3980/

Black Rock Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3977/

Pine Creek Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3969/

Jack Knife Fire:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3975/

 

The public is asked to use caution when driving on local roads as fire equipment and personnel are moving between areas and there may be smoky conditions on the roadways.

 

EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Sheriff Dept. issued Level 2 Evacuation Order for scattered homes in the Brush Creek area near Twickenham.

Shaniko Butte

Warm Springs Reservation

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

 

42,500 acre

75% containment

Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Crews completed four miles of burnout along the S-210 Road at the southernmost boundary of the fire

 

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3960/

 

EVACUATIONS:  The Level 2 Notification for residences near Dant and the Level 1 Notification for homes along Road S-300 Simnasho have both been removed.  Under the authority of the Wasco County Sheriff, residences in the Kaskella area will temporarily remain on a Level 1 Notification.

 

CLOSURES: S-300/Highway 3 Junction and Redlake Cemetery Road/Highway 3 Junction.

Sunflower Fire

Umatilla National Forest

 

 

10 miles NNE of Monument

7,146 acres

50% containment

The fire is burning on the south side of the Wall creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks has moved into the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainages.  Localized winds caused torching and spotting throughout the day yesterday.

 

A community meeting will be held in Monument at the Senior and Community center at 1 p.m. today to provide updates to the public about the fire.

 

Firefighters are making excellent progress securing the fire perimeter.  The fire has not crossed Indian Creek Road.  Precipitation overnight did not thoroughly wet the ground vegetation.

 

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/

 

CLOSURES: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 22 from the junction with NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 in Section 23, T6S, R26E to the south and east to the Section 20 & Section 21 border; thence southerly along the Section 20 & Section 21 border from the NFSR 22, Section 20 & 21 border junction to the NFSR 22 where it crosses the Section 29 & Section 28; thence south westerly on NFSR 22 to the junction with NFSR 23 in Section 29, T7S, R27; thence west on NFSR 23 to the junction with NFSR 2128 in Section 25 of T7S, R26E; thence northerly on NFSR 2128 to where it intersects with the Morrow County OHV park boundary on the northwest corner of Section 2, T7S, R26E; thence easterly and northerly along the boundary of OHV park to where the OHV park boundary meets the NFSR 22 road on the boundary of Section 23 & Section 26, T6S, R26E; thence northerly to the NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 junction in Section 23, T6S, R26E.

Ward Canyon

Private lands

South Sherman County

8 miles west of Antelope

Estimated at 15,000 acres

The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.

Waterman Complex

Oregon Department of Forestry

Ochoco National Forest

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).

Junction Springs

 

12,520 acres TOTAL

75% contained

 

Bailey Butte

10,276 acres

70% contained

 

Toney Butte

2,200 acres

100% contained

 

Junction Springs

15 acres

100% contained

 

#376

.25 acres

100% contained

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 3 is managing this incident.

 

Successful burnout operations are allowing Hwy 26 to REOPEN tomorrow for travel.  One lane of travel will be available and cars will be escorted with a pilot car.  People should anticipate up to 45 minute delays at times.

 

A Public Meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bowman Museum, 246 N. Main Street, in Prineville to share information on the Waterman and Ochoco Complexes.

 

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

 

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com

 

Due to an increase in relative humidity, firefighters were unable to complete burnout operations early this morning.  During the evening crews did burnout operations from Corral Flats to the Hwy 26 corridor.  Once the burnout and hazard tree operations along Hwy 26 it will partially open for travel.

 

EVACUATIONS:  The Crook County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has lowered the Evacuation Notice to a Level 2 in the Marks Creek areas of 9 a.m. this morning.  The Evacuation Level for the West Branch area was lowered to a Level 2 today.

 

ALTERNATE ROUTE BETWEEN PRINEVILLE AND MITCHELL: An alternate driving route through the Ochoco National Forest between Prineville and Mitchell is open, but the Forest Roads can be steep, rock and washed out in places.  People should have a map and an appropriate vehicle before choosing this route.

 

From Prineville, turn south on Combs Flat Road and continue east on Highway 380 past Post and Paulina.  About 5 miles east of Paulina, turn north on Wolf Creek Road and continue north to a Y where Forest Road 42 and Forest Road 58 depart.  Take Forest Road 42.  The road passes Salters Cabin campground and Wolf Creek campground as it enters the national forest.

 

Follow Forest Road 42 to Six Corners junction, then turn onto Forest Road 122, which leaves the junction heading east before turning north.  Stay on Forest Road 12 to its junction with Highway 26, about 10 miles east of Mitchell.  For additional information, please contact Patrick Lair, Ochoco NF Public Affairs Officer, at 541-416-6647.

 

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750.  Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

 

Bridge 99 Complex Fire Update


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 p.m.
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Incident Information Officer Jeanne Klein
E-mail: bridge99fire@gmail.com
 
Bridge 99 Complex
Evacuation Levels:
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department evacuation orders have changed for the Bridge 99 Complex and are as follows:
All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are now in a Level II Evacuation Order. The Three Rivers Subdivision changed from a Level II to a level I Evacuation Order. The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park remain in a Level I Evacuation Order. The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.
 
Evacuation Level Descriptions: Level I (“BE READY” for a potential evacuation):
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. Level II (“BE SET” to evacuate):
 
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE
This level indicates there is a significant danger in your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moments notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates. Level III (“GO” Evacuate NOW):
 
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
 
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.
Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LOGGING UNIT FIRES Tuesday morning update


Logging Unit Fires

Fire Information Update

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CTWS-Fire-Management/118486491629224

loggingunitfiresinfo@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. PDT Fire Status Update

Fire
Acres
% Contained
Total Personnel

Total Logging Unit Fires

10,302

5

735

Haily Butte

108

 

Camas Prairie/Logging Unit

5920

 

Bear Butte 2-North

3835

 

Skyline

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News & Highlights for the Logging Unit Fires Fire Information Line: 541.777.2862

 

  • Firefighters have made excellent progress with line construction on the Camas Prairie Fire supported by National Guard helicopters and air tankers. Yesterday, a total of five heavy helicopters assisted, and a dozen loads of retardant were dropped on the fire.

 

  • The Sid Walter Flat area has been reduced from a Level 2 Notification to a Level 1 Notification.

 

  • Road and area closures are in affect for Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands (see below).

 

  • Five interagency hotshot crews, nineteen 20-person hand crews, 62 engines, 18 dozers and 12 water tenders are currently assigned. Four National Guard helicopters, 2 Blackhawks and 2 Chinooks, and an additional heavy helicopter, are being utilized for the Camas Prairie Fire.

 

  • Firefighters are taking advantage of a moderated weather pattern of cooler temperatures and higher humidities to make a direct attack on the fires over the next couple of days.

 

  • The burn scar from the Bald Peter Fire has effectively checked the W/NW flank of the Bear Butte 2 Fire (north half) from advancing. There is still potential for the fire to progress on the W/SW flank, however.

 

  • A Red Flag Warning is in effect for potential thunderstorms and abundant lightning; ground crews are on alert for downdrafts associated with thunderstorms.

 

  • Department of Environmental Quality smoke monitoring sensors are indicating generally good air quality throughout central and eastern Oregon at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Logging Unit Operations Summary:

 

Yesterday, four National Guard helicopters, an additional heavy helicopter, and air tankers were utilized to further cool the eastern flank of the Camas Prairie/Logging Unit Fire, allowing firefighters on the ground to make excellent progress.

 

On the Skyline and Haily Butte Fires, crews are making good progress with mop-up. On the Logging Unit/Camas Prairie Fire, crews have completed line on the W flank, have starting line construction on the S flank and will begin line construction on the N flank today. A structure protection group is in place.

 

On the Camas Prairie Fire, a night shift conducted a burnout operation on the E flank last night. Today, crews will construct fire line and conduct burnout on the NW flank, scout fire line placement on the S flank; hold line, burnout and conduct direct attack on the E flank, and prep the 200 Road utilizing a direct attack approach on the NE flank.

 

Firefighters checking on the Pinhead Fire reported it to be 1/10th of an acre in size. The fire has been contained.

 

On the Bear Butte 2 Fire-North, crews will scout, construct direct hand and dozer line, burnout indirect line if necessary, and work on spot fires.

 

FIRE FACTS:

 

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Road & Area Closures:

 

Closures that apply to local residents only:

  • B-180/Hwy 26 Jct

  • B-160/Hwy 26 Jct

  • B-140/Hwy 26 Jct

 

Closures that apply to all public:

  • B-160 near the B-165 Jct

  • County Line Rd at the end of the pavement

  • J-100 at the Tenino Rd/J-100 Jct

 

Area Closures:

 

Log Unit/Camas Prairie Fire Closure

Northern Boundary: From the W-100/W-200/B-200 Jct, west on the W-200 to the W-240 to the S650 to the Reservation boundary.

Eastern Boundary: From the W-100/W-200/B-200 Jct, south on the B-200 to the B-200/B-210 Jct (Trout Lake Rd).

Southern Boundary: From the B-200/P-500/B-210 (Trout Lake Rd) Jct west to Trout Lake.

 

Bear Butte 2 Fire Closure:

All areas south of Whitewater Canyon to Jefferson Cr/Reservation Boundary.

 

 

Mt Hood National Forest Closures:

  • FR 4220 between FR 46 and Warm Springs

  • Closure area near Ollalie Lakes

  • Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Road 42 at the Joe Graham Campground (Mile 2083). For additional information on the Pacific Crest Trail status, contact the Mt Hood National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/mthood or the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Logging Unit Fires: Located on Warm Springs Agency approximately 25 miles NW of Warm Springs. Fire is burning in mixed conifer above 3800 feet and ponderosa pine below 3800 feet and grass & brush at lower elevations. Started: July 16, 2014. Cause: Lightning caused. Location: Western boundary of Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs lands.

 

SAFETY CONCERNS: Snags, power lines, rattlesnakes, scorpions, bears, rugged terrain, access to adequate safety zones, livestock, steep and dusty roads, rolling material, potentially slick roads associated with precipitation.

 

RESOURCE CONCERNS: Main concerns include the threat to commercial timber and natural resources on Warm Springs lands, including old growth trees, pristine spring chinook runs, water quality, wildlife, plant and cultural concerns.

 

WEATHER: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain/thunderstorms. Some dry thunderstorms are possible with erratic and strong wind gusts. Temperatures in the high 60s to high 70s and relative humidities 30-40%. This weather pattern will continue through Wednesday, returning to mostly sunny, windy and warmer on Thursday.

 

TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR:

Fire behavior will be moderated again today, with the exception being any outflow winds from passing thunderstorms, which can produce dramatic and variable winds. Fire behavior will react aggressively to gusty winds, otherwise, expect creeping, smoldering and low intensity surface fire spread. Inversion should begin to lift around 2:00 p.m.

 

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Warm Springs Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mt Hood National Forest, Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest and Prineville Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Transportation. 

Waterman Fire Compex Tuesday Update, Community Meeting tonight at 7 at Bowman Museum in Prineville


 

The Evacuation Level at Marks Creek area is now downgraded to Level 1.   Crook County agencies are resuming normal daily operations.  ODOT begins piloted car traffic through the fire area of Hwy 26.   (See Below)

 

 

 

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Michael Ryan July 22, 2014

Emergency Manager

Crook County, Oregon

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WATERMAN COMPLEX FIRE

 

By Emergency Manager, Michael Ryan, 541-447-6398

 

Effective 0800hrs July 22, 2014, Crook County Emergency Management in conjunction with the Waterman Complex Fire Management Team in Mitchell, OR is reducing the Level 2 Advisory to a Level 1 Advisory.

 

The Level 1 advisory reminds residents that there is still a working wild land fire in the area. Fire crews and contractors will still be working in the area and that surrounding forest roads are still in forest closure. Additionally vehicular traffic on Hwy 26E will begin to return to normal starting with Pilot Cars leading traffic through the fire zone along Hwy 26. Please see ODOT Trip Check for Details. http://tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp?curRegion=5

 

Crook County Sheriff’s Office & Search and Rescue along with Crook County Fire & Rescue will be resuming normal daily operations. All inquiries about the Waterman Complex Fire should be directed to the Incident Management Team Information Officer at 541-787-4321 or check the Wildfire Incident Web site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/ for details.

 

 

 YOU WILL BE KEPT ADVISED AS CONDITIONS CHANGE.  AREA RADIO AND TV STATIONS HAVE BEEN ASKED TO BROADCAST PERIODIC UPDATES.

 

FOR FIRE INFORMATION call 541-787-4321

Release provided by Emergency Manager – Michael Ryan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shaniko Butte Fire Tuesday Morning Update


The weather smiled on the firefighters Monday, and allowed just enough drying for crews to accomplish more than four miles of burnout along the S-210 Road at the southernmost boundary of the Shaniko Butte Fire. Conditions on the rest of the fire, however, were just damp enough that fire activity was minimal.
The remaining two miles of dozer line is located on a steep ridge that drops down to the Skookum Creek drainage from the top of the Mutton Mountains. When weather allows, firefighters are hoping to complete the remainder of their suppression strategy by burning out the fuels immediately east of the 2-mile dozer line.
The meteorologist working with the incident management team, Frederic Bunnag, is calling for a couple of days of wet weather, and then some quick drying, maybe reaching 100 degrees in the Warm Springs area by Sunday afternoon. Any thunderstorms in the area on Tuesday or Wednesday, he says, will be associated with rainfall.
The three aircraft assigned to this Incident Management Team do not include the four National Guard Helicopters at the Madras Airport. Oregon Team #1 manages the helibase where the National Guard helicopters are stationed, but the two Chinooks and two Blackhawks are assigned to another fire complex – the Logging Unit Fires. The National Guard ships, however, are available to go wherever the need is greatest in this geographic area.
The Level 2 Notification for residences near Dant has been fully removed, as has the Level 1 Notification for residences along Road S-300 near Simnasho. Under the authority of the Wasco County Sheriff, residences in the Kaskella area will temporarily remain on a Level 1 Notification because of the recent burnout operation immediately to their west.
Line medics responded to a bee sting injury on Sunday, calling for an ambulance to transport a crew member suffering a severe allergic reaction. The firefighter has recovered and returned to work.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 42,500 acres
Containment: 75%
Location: 15 miles north of the town of Warm Springs, Oregon
Cause: Started by lightning on Sunday, July 13, 2014
Assigned personnel: 506
Aircraft:
1 Heavy-lift KMAX helicopter
1 Medium-lift helicopter
1 Light-lift helicopter
Notifications: Level and Area 1 Residences in the Kaskella area 2 None 3 None
 
Fire Information E-Mail:
Shaniko.Butte@gmail.com
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Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1
Ross Williams, Incident Commander

Madras High Track and Field Coach Arrested on Charges of Having a Sexual Relationship with a Team Member


43 year old Melissa Bowerman was arrested Monday at her home in Fossil, Oregon.  

 

She faces charges of sexual abuse in the second degree, luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

 

OSP conducted an investigation into an alleged unlawful relationship between Bowerman and a 17 year old male on the track team, after a tip.

 

Investigators are concerned there may be more victims and are requesting people contact them if they have additional information.

Bend's Escaped Inmate Captured


The Deschutes County Jail inmate is 38 year old Keith Schmidtke.  He disappeared sometime between 6:30 and 11 P.M.  

 

The inmate was found in southwest Bend Monday afternoon in the backyard of a home.

 

The K9 unit discoverd him and bite him.

 

Another man, 30 year old Cecil Turner of Bend was also arrested for allegedly helping Schmidke escape.

 

Schmidtke was in jail for identity theft.

Central Oregon's Best Unemployment Numbers Since 2008


AS last year, the tourism season started slowly this spring, but things are definitely heating up.

 

Regional Economist Damon Runberg says unemployment ticked down in all three of the region's counties.

 

"Our tourism industry blew up this summer. Last year, we returned to pre-recession levels in 2013.  This year we're far beyond pre-recession levels.  In June though, we added 880 new jobs in leisure and hospitality, so that's far more than in years past."

 

Unemployment rates in central Oregon are at their lowest levels since the summer of 2008.

 

The seasonaly adjusted unemployment rates are 8.1 percent in Deschutes County, 9.4 percent in Jefferson County and 10.3 percent in Crook County.

Idaho Fugitive Arrested in Bend


Monday morning, the Bend Police Department was contacted by U.S. Marshals.  They told them they believed 36 year old Dedigamage Perera was currently in the Bend area.  He was wanted in Idaho for aggravated assault and strangulation.

 

His vehicle was located in the 3rd Street Safeway parking lot.

 

U.S. Marshals said that Perera was a violent offender and was armed with a handgun, so a SWAT team responded to the scene.

 

Perera was taken into custody without incident.

Deschutes County Commissioners Move Forward with Plans for a Powell Butte Highway Roundabout


The Deshcutes County Commissioners heard a presentation by the head of the Deschutes County Road Department Monday.

 

They are recommending a roundabout be put in to help slow down traffic and reduce the severity of crashes there.

 

Commissioner Tammy Baney is happy something is finally being done to make the dangerous intersection safer.

 

"I'm excited.  I was raised in this area and I drove this section every day.  If this was twenty years ago, you would be hearing from my Dad.  A signal doesn't seem feasible.  A roundabout makes the most sense, but it will be different.  It will mean you can't go 65 mph into an intersection."

 

The rural roundabout to be built there would be larger than an urban roundabout and would accommodate trucks and RV's.

 

These roundabouts must slow traffic  down before it approaches the roundabout and they do that through signs and appraoch curves.

 

It's hoped the roundabout will go out to bid next spring and will be constructed during the summer and fall of 2015.

Governor Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson Hold Their First Debate


It was held at the Salem Convention Center Friday as part of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's convention.

 

Here are parts of their closing statements.  Dennis Richardson went first.

 

"Our governor no longer has a passion to serve.  He's more aloof and we've seen it in projects like Cover Oregon and the Columbia River Crossing and the wrong headed decisions like hriing Rudy Crew to oversee our education system and failing to hire an systems integrator for Cover Oregon."
 

Governor Kitzhaber's closing statement focused on the special session he called last fall.

 

"In the backdrop of the growing chaos of the federal government on October 1st, the  shut down the federal government.  The next day the legislature passed every bill with bipartisan votes. That's really what this job is all about... the ability to find and hold an operational political center, to have a vision for Oregonians and bring them together in common cause to achieve a common purpose."

 

The two candidates actually agreed on a couple issues like supporting the top two non partisan primary system and both oppose legalizing marijuana in the state.

COIDC MONDAY MORNING FIRE UPDATE


Central Oregon  Fire Update

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Fire Name

Location

Size (ESTIMATES)

Activity

Bridge 99 Complex

Deschutes National Forest

Bridge 99 - ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

1490

 

Bear Butte 2 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

 

 

 5,848 acres TOTAL

25% contained

 

Bridge 99 Fire is 5,235 acres

 

Bear Butte 2 Fire is  613 acres

 

 

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/#  or phone: 541-549-3219.

 

The perimeter of the Bridge 99 fire held well yesterday and has not progressed toward Lake Billy Chinook.  The southern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fir was not very active yesterday.  Fire management activities today will focus on strengthening containment lines and continuing burnout operations on the northwest perimeter of the Bridge 99 Fire.

 

EVACUATIONS in place: All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are in a Level III Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision is in a Level II Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are in a Level I Evacuation Order.

 

CLOSURES:  Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersectin with Forest Road 1400/700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/118 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140 an Forest Road 1420400.  The Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1), Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trail and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area are closed.

Center Fire

Prineville BLM

Post-Paulina RFPA

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and

2,800 acres

25% contained

The fire made a run to the east yesterday causing significant growth in the fire acreage.

Logging Unit Fires

Warm Springs Reservation

Mt. Hood National Forest

Deschutes National Forest

North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire

9,500 acres

5% containment

Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires currently include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2. The south side of Bear Butte 2 is being managed by the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett FIllis).

 

For more information on the web:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/

 

The fire continues to be active in the late afternoon.  The Camas Prairie Fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure.  An evacuation plan is in place and a structure protection group is available to respond as needed. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity today should assist firefighters today.

 

National Guard Blackhawk and Chinook  helicopters and air tankers were used to cool the eastern flank of the Camas Prairie/Logging Unit Fire; allowing hotshot crews to construct line and develop a solid anchor point for fighting the fire.

 

EVACUATIONS: A Level 2 Notification has been issued to the residents of the Sid Walter Flat Area.  Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification.  The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road.

 

CLOSURES:  On the Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Road 4220 between Forest Road 46 and Warm Springs.  Closure area near Ollalie Lakes.

 

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest  Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)

Ochoco Complex-

Ochoco National Forest Service

Prineville BLM

 

 

 

Lava Fire

Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

 

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire

3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study area, near FS Road 4230.

 

Broadway Fire

S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

 

Antelope Fire

3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900

6,301 acres TOTAL

 

 

 

191 acres

 

 

 

 

 

6,036 Acres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 acres

 

 

 

21 acres

Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires.  The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area.  The Oscar and Fox fires burned together today.

 

Fire crews are patrolling and mopping up the Antelop and Broadway Fires today.  The Lava Fire established a 5 acre spot in Howard Creek yesterday.  Fire crews were successful at lowing th progress of the spot fire.  The Fox fire is the largest fire in the complex and nw encompasses the Oscar Canyon fre.  Partly cloudy and relatively cooler weather today, combined with light winds and moderate humidity will moderate fire behavior.


CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area.  The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3972

Pine Creek Complex

Now includes:

Pine Creek Fire

Jack Knife Fire

Black Rock Fire

Donny Brook Fire

 

Sherman County

Oregon Department of Forestry

Prineville BLM

Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Private lands

 

 

 

Pine Creek Fire

 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

 

Jack Knife Fire

Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

 

Black Rock Fire

3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

 

Donny Brook Fire

11 miles SW of Antelope

129,178 acres TOTAL

 

30,245 acres

35% contained

 

 

13,263 acres

100% contained

 

 

 

 

34,177 acres

55% contained

 

 

22,756 acres

0% contained

 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires and the team took over the management of the Donny Brook fire this morning. 

 

The public is asked to use caution when driving on local roads as fire equipment and personnel are moving between areas and there may be smoky conditions on the roadways.

 

EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Sheriff Dept. issued Level II Evacuation Orders for scattered homes in the Brush Creek area near Twickenham.

 

CLOSURES: The John Day River remains open; however, people recreating on the river should be aware that helicopters may be working in the area and dipping into the river and use appropriate caution.

Shaniko Butte

Warm Springs Reservation

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

 

42,000 acre

50% containment

Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Firefighters were not able to complete their planned burnout operation yesterday due to unfavorable weather conditions yesterday.  If weather conditions are favorable today they will do burnout operations on the southern end of the fire to secure lines and increase containment of the fire.

 

Eighty-one firefighters were demobilized on Sunday and reassigned to other fires in the region.

 

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3960/

 

EVACUATIONS:  Level 2 for all residences in the vicinity of Dant, OR and Level 1 for all residences in the vicinity of Road S-300 and in the Kaskela area.

 

CLOSURES: S-300/Highway 3 Junction and Redlake Cemetery Road/Highway 3 Junction.

 

The BLM OPENED the Lower Deschutes River today at 6 a.m. Rafters should be aware that river rangers may need to hold rafters at times to allow for water dips in the river by helicopters.

Sunflower Fire

Umatilla National Forest

 

 

10 miles NNE of Monument

6,736 acres

35% containment

The fire is burning on the south side of the Wall creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks has moved into the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainages.  Localized winds caused torching and spotting throughout the day yesterday.

 

Ground and aerial resources were able to make excellent progress connecting dozer lines with hand line on the southern perimeter of the fire.  The fire crossed Forest Road 190 but crews were able to complete hand line and secure the fire from spreading. Cooler temperatures with relatively high humidity will aid in fighting the fire today.

 

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/

 

CLOSURES: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 22 from the junction with NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 in Section 23, T6S, R26E to the south and east to the Section 20 & Section 21 border; thence southerly along the Section 20 & Section 21 border from the NFSR 22, Section 20 & 21 border junction to the NFSR 22 where it crosses the Section 29 & Section 28; thence south westerly on NFSR 22 to the junction with NFSR 23 in Section 29, T7S, R27; thence west on NFSR 23 to the junction with NFSR 2128 in Section 25 of T7S, R26E; thence northerly on NFSR 2128 to where it intersects with the Morrow County OHV park boundary on the northwest corner of Section 2, T7S, R26E; thence easterly and northerly along the boundary of OHV park to where the OHV park boundary meets the NFSR 22 road on the boundary of Section 23 & Section 26, T6S, R26E; thence northerly to the NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 junction in Section 23, T6S, R26E.

Ward Canyon

Private lands

South Sherman County

8 miles west of Antelope

Estimated at 15,000 acres

The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.

Waterman Complex

Oregon Department of Forestry

Ochoco National Forest

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).

Junction Springs

 

11,989 acres TOTAL

60% contained

 

Bailey Butte

9,745 acres

50% contained

 

Toney Butte

2,200 acres

100% contained

 

Junction Springs

15 acres

100% contained

 

#376

.25 acres

100% contained

 

Three fires and a small fire (.25 acres) are being managed as a complex. A Type II Incident Management Team has taken over management of the fire. For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

 

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com

 

Due to an increase in relative humidity, firefighters were unable to complete burnout operations early this morning.  During the evening crews did burnout operations from Corral Flats to the Hwy 26 corridor.  Once the burnout and hazard tree operations along Hwy 26 it will partially open for travel.

 

EVACUATIONS:  The Crook County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has lowered the Evacuation Notice to a Level 2 in the Marks Creek areas of 9 a.m. this morning.  The Evacuation Level for the West Branch area was lowered to a Level 2 today.

 

Hwy 26 remains closed 16 miles E of Prineville. 

 

ALTERNATE ROUTE BETWEEN PRINEVILLE AND MITCHELL: An alternate driving route through the Ochoco National Forest between Prineville and Mitchell is open, but the Forest Roads can be steep, rock and washed out in places.  People should have a map and an appropriate vehicle before choosing this route.

 

From Prineville, turn south on Combs Flat Road and continue east on Highway 380 past Post and Paulina.  About 5 miles east of Pualina, turn north on Wolf Creek Road and continue north to a Y where Forest Road 42 and Forest Road 58 depart.  Take Forest Road 42.  The road passes Salters Cabin campground and Wolf Creek campground as it enters the national forest.

 

Follow Forest Road 42 to Six Corners junction, then turn onto Forest Road 122, which leaves the junction heading east before turning north.  Stay on Forest Road 12 to its junction with Highway 26, about 10 miles east of Mitchell.  For additional information, please contact Patrick Lair, Ochoco NF Public Affairs Officer, at 541-416-6647.

 

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750.  Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

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