COIDC Update – August 18, 8:00 pm

CENTRAL OREGON – Hot afternoon temperatures increased fire activity on the east side of COFMS protected lands today. Firefighters have responded to a total of 58 incidents since Thursday.

The Stubblefield Fire burning on private land 5 miles east of the John Day River was reported at 9,000 acres this morning but has no new acreage estimates. The Oregon State Fire Marshall Blue Team and Prineville District BLM are in command of the incident. Also being assisted by the Prineville District are Incidents 1039 and 1045 (Seale Fire). The Seale Fire is immediately adjacent to Thirtymile Wilderness Study Area and estimated to be 7,000 acres. Incident 1039 will be managed by a Central Oregon Type 3 team with Incident Commander Joe Cochran. That incident is on the Twickenham RFPA approximately 5 miles southeast of the Spring Basin Wilderness Area and is estimated at 1,500 acres.

The Mile Post 6 fire on the Crooked River National Grassland was held at 1,500 acres, and while the public saw smoke and active fire behavior from tree torching on the interior of the fire, all perimeter fire lines held through the afternoon heat. The drag boat races were held today at Haystack Reservoir and a Level 2 evacuation notice remains in place for the campground.

The Sorefoot Fire burning on Prineville District BLM managed lands approximately 5 miles northeast of Antelope, OR is now 50% contained and remains 800 acres. Firefighters continued mopping up along the fire perimeter to secure fire lines.

On the Deschutes National Forest, the Spring Creek Fire, is 1 ½ miles south of Monty Campground on the Sisters Ranger District and is 16 acres. Crews on the ground were assisted by aerial resources and fire behavior has moderated. A Level 1 evacuation notice remains in place on the Perry South and Monty Campgrounds. Incident 1022 near Quartz Mountain on the southeast corner of the forest remains 50 acres and crews continue to mop up along the perimeter.

The Grizzly Road Fire (Incident 1029) on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands is lined at 360 acres. Firefighters continued mopping up today.


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