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COIDC Fire Update – August 8, 9:00 p.m.

Central Oregon – Cooler weather helped firefighting efforts today as crews increased containment on all three major fires in Central Oregon.

A local Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Type 3 team has taken command of the Bean Creek Fire and Monty Fire burning on the Deschutes National Forest east of the Monty Campground near Lake Billy Chinook. Additional resources arrived on the two fires today to add capacity to containment efforts. Crews mopped up heat around the perimeter to continue securing containment lines and tonight the Bean Creek Fire remains 138 acres and is now 25% contained and the Monty Fire remains 23 acres and is now 20% contained. A Level 1 evacuation notice (Get Ready) issued by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Officer remains in place for houses on Montgomery Shores on the Metolius Arm. The public is asked to stay out of the area. Monty Campground on the Sisters Ranger District remains closed.

The Hole in the Ground Fire near Hole in the Ground on the Deschutes National Forest and burning on Lakeview District BLM managed lands is now 100% contained at 310 acres. This fire will now be put into patrol status.

The most important thing members of the public can do to help firefighters right now is to do their part to prevent human-caused fires. With an increasing number of acres on fire in the Pacific Northwest, fire and aviation resources are stretched thin. The public is reminded that we remain in EXTREME fire danger and public use restrictions are in place on all federally managed public lands. Do your part to prevent one more spark.

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

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