Windigo and Potter Fires Update – August 05, 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/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Windigo-Fire-and-Potter-Fire-Information-109233838550715  

Moderate temperatures kept fire growth to a minimum on the Windigo and Potter Fires yesterday. Crews achieved 5% containment on the Windigo Fire and made progress connecting roads around the Potter Fire. Air resources were used heavily with two Type 1 Helicpoters dropping water and retardant on hot spots. The Shelter Fire is now 5 acres, fully lined, and 75% contained. Resources continued to work on a lightning strike fire, now named Big Swamp Fire, a few miles west of Opal Lake. It’s 30% contained. 

The Windigo Fire continues to push east towards the Pacific Crest Trail. Today, dozers and hand crews will be working from Forest Road 60 on the northeast corner of the fire and move south around the butte to prevent eastern progression. Staff on both sides of the fire will continue to lay hose, strengthen retardant lines, and monitor the perimeter.  

The Potter Fire was active yesterday with slow, backing behavior—sending debris downslope. Crews were able to lay additional water hoses and sprinklers around the perimeter. Today, all divisions will be focusing on improving line and clearing roads. Air resources for both fires will include four Type 1 helicopters and one Type 3, with two additional Type 1’s in route.  

Today, weather will be similar to yesterday’s conditions. High temperatures may reach 80-85 degrees. West winds will be between 5-9 mph with gusts of up to 15 mph on ridge tops and valleys. Fire spotting distances may be up to ¼ – ½ mile. For information about air quality visit https://fire.airnow.gov/.  

Windigo Fire
Acreage: Approx. 1,072 acres           
Containment: 5%
Location: 20 miles southwest of La Pine, OR
Cause: Lightning 
Potter Fire
Acreage: Approx. 149 acres  
Containment: 0%
Location: 8 miles northeast of Toketee area 
Cause: Lightning 

Area closures and restrictions include (a larger closure area is pending announcement): 

  • 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 


Windigo Fire Infrared Map 8/5/2022
Potter Fire Infrared Map 8/5/2022

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