Other lightning fires nearly contained

Photo Credit: INCIWEB PHOTO - The Castle Fire is burning in steep terrain in the Metolius River area.Lightning that passed through Central Oregon last Friday sparked a new fire in the area of the Monty Campground, south of the Metolius River, on the Deschutes National Forest.

The 16-acre Castle Fire, burning in timber and brush, was reported to be 30 percent contained on Tuesday, but resulted in the closure of the Monty Campground. Perry South Campground and nearby businesses remain open.

Firefighters were assisted by helicopters, which dumped water on hot spots, and spotted fires ahead of the main fire, which is in steep terrain.

The Castle Fire is being managed as part of the Bridge 99 Complex, along with the Bridge 99 Fire and Bear Butte 2 Fire — which were started by lightning on July 13. The latter two are now estimated at 5,721 acres, with containment at 95 percent.

Logging Unit Fires

The Logging Unit Fires, on the Warm Springs Reservation, have burned an estimated 10,447 acres since they were started by lightning on July 16.

The fires include the Logging Unit Fire, located about 15 miles southwest of Simnasho, which is 90 percent contained, and the north half of the Bear Butte 2 Fire, located about 25 miles northwest of Warm Springs, which is 70 percent contained.

The Shaniko Butte Fire, located about 15 miles north of Warm Springs, is nearly contained at 42,044 acres. The fire was started by lightning on July 13, and burned primarily in grass and understory, with some logs, snags and live trees.

For more information about the fires, visit and search by the name of the incident.

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