Central Oregon — The Pete’s Lake Fire, burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness, grew yesterday from 320 acres to approximately 2,013 acres due to dry, hot and windy conditions on the fire.
Firefighters did bucket drops on the east and north flanks of fire throughout the day to moderate fire behavior and to keep the fire from getting established in the Horse Creek drainage. Over the weekend winds are predicted to change pushing the fire back toward the east into areas already burned. Hot and dry conditions are expected to remain through the weekend, which will likely cause continued growth of the fire and a visible smoke column over the fire.
The fire was ignited by lightning on August 25, 2023, and had grown minimally. The fire is burning in very hazardous conditions for firefighter safety, therefore the focus has been on using aerial resources to moderate the fire. The fire is burning in designated wilderness and has been reducing hazardous fuels like fire would have done historically in the fire-adapted ecosystem.
A Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Type 4 Incident Management Team is in command of the Pete’s Lake Fire. The fire is being closely monitored. A shaded fuel break next to the Cascade Lakes Highway was completed today.
Closures: Fire closures remain in place. Please click on the following link to access information about the closure: Deschutes National Forest – Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)
Evacuations: The Level 3 (Go Now) Evacuation Notice is still in place for all areas west of the Cascade Lakes Highway from the Lucky Lake Trailhead north to the Mirror Lake Trail. This includes the areas around Lucky Lake, Leech Lake, Doris Lake, Blow Lake and Mirror Lakes. Evacuation notices and updates can be found at: www.deschutes.org/emergency.
Safety: The public can help firefighters by obeying trail closures and following all fire restrictions.
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