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Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Update – July 9, 2024 | McCaffery Fire

Central Oregon — Yesterday firefighters on the McCaffery Fire east of Redmond spent the day cooling hot spots and securing the perimeter of the incident. The McCaffery Fire remains 458 acres and is now 75% contained.

Hot and dry conditions continue today as firefighters engage in mop-up operations and secure the fire’s edges. Two Type 1 helicopters remain available to assist firefighters on the ground in cooling hot spots. Resources assigned to the McCaffery Fire include 17 engines, 3 Type 2 initial attack crews, 1 Type 2 crew, 4 water tenders, 2 skidgeons, 1 dozer and overhead resources.

If conditions remain favorable and firefighters continue to make progress in securing containment lines today, management of the McCaffery Fire will transition from the Central Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team to a local Type 4 incident commander tomorrow morning. Several resources will remain on the incident following the transition to ensure the fire stays within its current footprint.

The fire is burning on Prineville District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and on Sunday, July 7, the BLM put a temporary area closure in place for the safety of the public and the firefighters working to contain the McCaffery Fire. To read the closure order in its entirety, visit: Prineville District BLM Temporary Area Closure.

This morning at 8:30 a.m., Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office lowered the evacuation notice for the areas on Sunny Sage Road off of McCaffery Road to a Level 1 “Be Ready”. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office reduced the evacuation level for the area of west Powell Butte Estates and the area to the south of Powell Butte Highway in Crook County to a Level 1 “Be Ready”. Stay up to date on Crook County Emergency Alerts by visiting: alertcrookcounty.org/ To sign-up for Deschutes County Emergency Alerts visit: deschutes.org/911/page/sign-deschutes-alerts.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For current wildfire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire information on X (Twitter) @CentralORFire.

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