Grandview and Newberry Fire Updates

Incident #558, the Grandview Fire, was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. burning on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands and the Crooked River National Grassland.  The fire rapidly spread through grass and juniper.  Numerous resources were mobilized to the fire, including wildland engines, dozers, resources from structural agencies, and contract crews.  Single engine air tankers (SEATs) and large air tankers continued to drop retardant on the fire until dark.  Late this afternoon management of the fire transitioned to the Central Oregon Fire Management Service Interagency Type 3, Incident Commander Caldwell.  The fire is currently estimated at 2,000 acres with 0% containment.  Firefighters will be working through the night.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Evacuations are in place for residents in Jefferson and Deschutes counties.  Information for the evacuations can be found at https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff/ for Jefferson County and https://www.deschutes.org/sheriff/page/emergency-information for Deschutes County. 

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Howard, will be in-briefed Monday at 12:00 p.m., with plans to take command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. 

The Newberry Fire, Incident #559, located near LaPine in the Rosland Road area burned 54 acres before crews were able to complete fireline around the perimeter.  Level 1 evacuations were implemented as a precaution for residents near the fire, but these have since been lifted.  Firefighters will be working to secure the fire late into the night.  The cause of this fire is under investigation.  Resources on the fire today included dozers, hand crews, water tenders and wildland engines with support from air resources.  Tomorrow firefighters will work to secure the fire and begin mop-up.

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