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Fire starts Saturday afternoon, growing to more than 100 acres as firefighters work to contain the blaze

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY DAKOTA STEEN - Lacy Camara, a Forest Service Firefighter, has an expression of exhaustion and emotion as she pauses with her chainsaw and assesses  the landscape near the Wickiup Road Fire west of Post. The fire was reported on Saturday, July 25.A fire five miles west of Post, Oregon near Conant Basin was reported at approximately 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

Firefighters from the Ochoco National Forest Service responded quickly to the blaze that began on private land and spread to Prineville Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.

The Wickiup Road Fire west of Post remains at 101 acres as of Monday, July 27 at 8 a.m., and is now 80% contained. Firefighters continued to secure and mop-up containment lines Monday and were responsive to predicted dry lightning storms later Monday afternoon and evening.

The cause of the fire on Saturday near Post remains under investigation. One house structure was lost to the fire.

With increasingly hot temperatures, the safety of firefighters working on the fire line will remain a priority. Additionally, while work continues to fully contain the Wickiup Road Fire, firefighters will be released from the incident to pre-position themselves in anticipation of the lightning predicted this week.

A Red Flag Warning was issued for most of Central Oregon, excluding Sisters, for dry thunderstorms. The Warning was in place from 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 27 through 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

The Crook County Sheriff's Office contacted community members on Sunday, July 26 to notify them on evacuation levels. Learn more at: https://co.crook.or.us/sheriff/page/emergency-management.

 


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