Windigo and Potter Fires Update – August 06, 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/  


For firefighter and public safety, two closure orders were finalized for areas overlapping the Umpqua, Deschutes, Willamette, and Fremont-Winema National Forests. For details about the Windigo Fire and Potter Fire closures visit: https://go.usa.gov/xSGhh

Yesterday, fire growth was minimal for the Windigo and Potter Fires. Crews worked on an additional start that was located near the Big Swamp Fire. It is .2 acres. After an infrared flight, Big Swamp Fire is estimated to be 37 acres. Mop-up continued on the Shelter Fire. It remains under 5 acres and is fully lined with water hoses. Today, resources will continue to support suppression efforts on all fires.  

Yesterday, air attack worked aggressively on the Windigo Fire with consecutive retardant drops on Windigo Butte and multiple water bucket drops throughout the perimeter. Handcrews continued to create line up the butte and dozers made progress on the western half. The fire is expected to be fully lined over the course of the next few days and crews will continue to add fire hose.  

The Potter Fire continued to advance downslope. Today, all divisions will strengthen primary lines and scout for opportunities to go more direct. Air resources for both fires will include five Type 1 Helicopters and one Type 3, with one additional Type 1 in route.  

Today, weather will be moderate. High temperatures may reach 83-87 degrees. West/northwest winds will be between 3-6 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. 1,046 acres           
Containment: 5%
Location: 20 miles southwest of La Pine, OR
Cause: Lightning 
Potter Fire
Acreage: Approx. 167 acres  
Containment: 0%
Location: 8 miles northeast of Toketee Lake 
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 to FSR 2612  
  • Forest Service Road (FSR) 2610 from Lemolo Dam to Calapooya Mountain 
  • Kelsey Horse Camp on the Umpqua and White Fish Horse Camp on the Deschutes 
  • Toketee Air Strip 
  • The Temporary Flight Restriction now covers 151,963 acres 


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