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Oregon Wildfire Update, Aug 22nd

EUGENE, Ore. –  Firefighters continue to work toward full containment on the five fires of the Buckhead complex, which were all started by lightning.

The Steeple fire is an extremely steep rocky area with large snags creating a very hazardous situation. But Tuesday crews were able to finish an indirect line along both flanks of the fire and established a water hose system encircling the fire.

The Bobby fire was patrolled Tuesday with crews using hand held infrared heat detectors to, which crews will use Wednesday to search out any lasting hot spots.

Crews on the Buckhead and Evangeline fires successfully extinguished interior and perimeter hot spots Tuesday. Rolling debris has not crossed the containment lines for the last two days.

The Waterfalls 2 fire is 8,111 acres and is 5 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. Firefighters were successful in establishing line to the north and west from Whitewater Meadow, Tuesday.  Three crews are camping in the area to reduce travel time and spend more time working on the fire line.

Trail closures associated with this fire include the Lodgepole Trail #706, Fish Lake Trail #717, Potato Butte Trail #719A, Red Lake Trail #719, Gibson Lake Trail #708, Horseshoe Lake Trail #712 and Ruddy Hill Trail #714.

The Butte Fire near Windigo Butte, has not grown since Tuesday and is considered 80 percent contained.  Firefighters are continuing to extinguishing all burning materials 150′ from all containment lines.

The fire is burning on both the Deschutes and Umpqua national forests. Rehabilitation of the Pacific Crest Trail is nearing completion, although 12 miles of the PCT remains closed beginning near Miller Mountain and ending near Cowhorn Mountain to protect public safety.

The Umpqua and Willamette national forests are still under High Fire Danger and a Precaution Level II. This prohibits blasting, welding, cable yarding or the use of power saws except at loading sites, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The restrictions apply to all contractors and permit holders, including those with permits to cut personal-use firewood.

For more information on these fires and other fires in Oregon, click here.

Photo of Butte Fire courtesy of InciWeb: OR IMT #4

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