Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update, August 19 9:30 a.m.

Central Oregon – Firefighters are responding to two new incidents in Central Oregon today, including a 200 acre fire burning near the South Fork of the John Day. Gusty winds are expected along the Cascade crest today, which will challenge firefighting suppression efforts.

The Green Ridge Fire remains an estimated 500 acres burning on the Deschutes National Forest and private land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry with 5% containment this morning. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has taken command of the fire as of 6:00 a.m. this morning. An area closure will soon be put in place for the safety of the public and firefighter working in the area. There are no evacuations at this time.

There was minimal growth on the Lily Fire in the Charlton Roadless Area on the Deschutes National Forest (DNF) last night. It remains an estimated 30 acres with 10% containment. With forecasted winds, firefighters will be challenged with increased fire behavior today on this fire which is burning in the 1996 Charlton Fire scar and into nearby heavy timber. Officials will be putting into place an area closure for the safety of the public and firefighters working in the area that will include some portions of the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Frog Fire in the Maury Mountains on the Ochoco National Forest east of Prineville is now estimated to be 50 acres with no containment. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the fire and will be continuing to construct preliminary fire lines by hand and then scouting for opportunities for a potential burnout operation in the next few days when conditions are favorable.

Additionally, there are two new incidents in Central Oregon—incident #728 near the south fork of the John Day River called the Peewee Creek Fire that is estimated at 12 acres, incident #739 is estimated at 200 acres near Jerry Mountain approximately 15 miles west of Dayville, north of Highway 26.

For up-to-date information on Central Oregon fires, visit www.centraloregonfire.org or www.twitter.com/CentralORFire

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