Juniper Creek Fire | August 22, 2023 Update

All Evacuations Lifted at Juniper Creek Fire effective 1pm 8/22/23. Fire now at 75% contained.

SISTERS, Ore. – Firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, local fire districts, Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue, contractors, and local enter the third day on the Juniper Creek Fire. The efforts today will be focused further securing the control line by finding and extinguishing all heat within 200’ of the control line and patrolling for spots fires. 

Evacuations: Jefferson County Sherrif’s Office has lifted all evacuation notices for the Juniper Creek Fire 8/22/23 at 1pm. Please avoid the area as firefighters and heavy equipment will still be working through the week.  Please check out Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff

 For more information contact Sergeant David Pond at 541-475-6520 or [email protected].

The Juniper Creek Fire is located near the Three River area west of Lake Billy Chinook. It’s 16 miles northeast of Sisters on ODF-protected lands. It is burning southeast of the 2055 road in Township Range 16 and 21, which is South of Graham Road.

ODF has three dozers, three skidgines, ten engines, two tenders and around 100 personnel continuing to work the fire.

Fire operations are being managed by the interagency Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Type-3 Incident Management Team under Incident Commander Cason McCain.

The fire started sometime around 11:00 am on Sunday, August 20, 2023. The cause is under investigation. Early on, the fire was quickly burning southeast and quickly grew to 100 acres. Active on three sides and driven by wind, the fire was running and spotting ahead of the fire. Crews initially ordered two single-engine tankers, but they were called off due to poor visibility.


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