Frog Fire Update, August 21

Fast Facts: Acreage: 3,700 Containment: 0% Cause: Lightning Frog Fire

Prineville, Oregon – Northwest Incident Management Team 8 Incident Commander Doug Johnson, has assumed management of the Frog Fire as of 6:00 a.m. today.

The Frog Fire is burning in steep terrain in the Maury Mountains on the Ochoco National Forest, and on nearby private range and timber lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry as well as lands managed by the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management. Erratic winds remain a challenge for firefighters as fire behavior remains active in hot and dry conditions.

Last night the fire made a push to the northeast and firefighters will concentrate efforts there today. Firefighters are looking for opportunities to hold the fire on preliminary containment lines but are challenged by several spot fires that have jumped over those lines. Crews will continue to attack and suppress those spots while patrolling for new ones today along preliminary lines. Crews were assisted by Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and heavy air tankers laying down retardant to slow the spread of the fire while heavy helicopters cooled hot spots.

Infrared mapping was unavailable overnight so the acreage will remain the same estimated acreage as August 20 with no containment to report.
An area closure was put in place yesterday for all U.S. Forest Service managed lands west of Forest Road 17 in the Maury Mountains. This closure is being implemented for the safety of the public and firefighters working in the area. Additionally, Crook County Sheriff’s Office has issued several road closures around the Frog Fire. On the south side of the Maury Mountain they include: Roberts Road at Bear Creek, Klootchman Creek Road at Bear Creek, Salt Creek Road at Roberts Road. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Alert Crook County notification system at: www.alertcrookcounty.org

For more information on fires in Central Oregon, visit: www.centraloregonfire.org or keep up with us on Twitter at twitter.com/CentralORFire

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