Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update, August 17, 9:30 p.m.

Central Oregon – Firefighters have picked up 11 new fires across Central Oregon today from the lightning storms that have blanketed the region. The largest fire in Central Oregon is currently the Green Ridge Fire, which is 26 acres and 5% contained.

The Green Ridge Fire is burning in heavy timber two miles northeast of Camp Sherman on the Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District. Aerial resources were able to assist firefighting efforts on the ground to construct preliminary fire lines but the steep terrain continues to be a challenge along with active fire behavior and spotting.

Incident #714 approximately one mile southeast of Haystack Reservoir on the Crooked River National Grassland was stopped at 14 acres today. Containment is 50% and firefighters will likely complete mop-up operations tomorrow.

The Lily Fire is estimated to be 10 acres, burning in the 1996 Moolack Fire scar, one quarter mile northeast of Lily Lake in the Charlton Roadless Area. The heel of the fire is adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the Deschutes National Forest and although there are no trail closures at this time, PCT hikers are encouraged to be aware of this fire and avoid the area if possible.

The Frog Fire in the Maury Mountains was held at 12.5 acres today with no movement of the perimeter overnight. Firefighters have constructed preliminary fire line around the majority of the fire and have been able to lay water hoses around the entire perimeter to cool the edges and begin securing the line. The work to hold and secure this fire will continue tomorrow.

The remaining fires across Central Oregon have all been held at under ½ acre.

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