Windigo and Potter Fires Update – August 04, 2022 

Fire Information Phone Line: 206-473-8645 (8am – 7pm)  

Email: [email protected] 

Potter Fire InciWeb (Incident Website): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8291/ 

Windigo Fire InciWeb (Incident Website): https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8292/  


Fire growth on the Windigo and Potter Fires was minimal yesterday. Air and ground resources continued to work on initial attack addressing 14 lightning strikes and multiple spot fires outside of the fire perimeters. The start near Little Dome Rock is now being referred to as the Shelter Fire. It is currently three acres and 80% lined around the perimeter. The La Grande Hot Shot crew was able to fully contain an additional small fire.  

The Windigo Fire is currently pushing east around the butte. Water hose was put along the southeast corner as well as one load of fire retardant. Eastside resources such as the Zig Zag and Baker River Hot Shots will work on primary and alternate lines to keep the fire west of the Pacific Crest Trail. Staff on the northwest side will continue to lay hose and monitor the perimeter.  

Yesterday, crews on the Potter Fire continued to clear roads and create connecting lines around the perimeter. Today, resources will be focusing on improving line and scouting for ways to go more direct. Initial attack will continue in both areas with the support of two Type 1 helicopters and one Type 3 helicopter.  

Fire behavior will continue to be moderate with a high temperature of 80 expected for the Windigo Fire and a high of 75 expected for the Potter Fire. West winds will be between 5-9 mph with gusts of up to 20 mph on ridge tops. Fire spotting distances may be up to ¼ – ½ mile. For information about air quality visit https://fire.airnow.gov/.  

Windigo Fire
Acreage: Approx. 1,093 acres           
Containment: 0%
Location: 20 miles southwest of La Pine, OR
Cause: Under Investigation 
Potter Fire
Acreage: Approx. 125 acres  
Containment: 0%
Location: 8 miles northeast of Toketee area 
Cause: Lightning 

Area closures and restrictions include: 

  • Pacific Crest Trail from OR Highway 138 (PCT mile 1848) to OR Highway 58 (PCT mile 1908) 
  • Forest Service Road (FSR) 60 from the junction with FSR 6020 on the Deschutes National Forest to FSR 2612 on the Umpqua National Forest 
  • Forest Service Road (FSR) 2610 from Lemolo Dam to Calapooya Mountain 
  • Kelsey Horse Camp on the Umpqua National Forest 
  • White Fish Horse Camp on the Deschutes 
  • Toketee Air Strip 
  • Temporary Flight Restriction over the two fires 

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