Grandview Fire community meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Firefighters successfully slowed the Grandview Fire, located nine miles northeast of Sisters, with minimal spotting as winds died down. A Wednesday morning, July 14 update says the fire is estimated to be 5,971 acres and 10% contained as firefighters secured lines on the easterly side.
A virtual community meeting will take place on Facebook Live at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. To access the meeting, go to https://fb.me/e/2tGkRTQNl.
There are evacuation notices in place issued by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. These can be found here: https://arcg.is/5P4LS. Some areas in Jefferson and Deschutes counties are in Level 3: Go evacuation and Level 2: Be Set.
The quick developing Darlene Fire, near La Pine, pulled retardant-dropping air tankers away from the Grandview Fire mid-afternoon, leaving just two helicopters to support crews on the ground. Fortunately, three single engine air tankers (SEATs) were ordered out of Burns, which provided critical support to keep the fire in check where dozer lines ended. A total of 694 personnel are working the Grandview Fire, which is burning juniper, brush and grass.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday. Predicted low relative humidity and winds between 10-20 mph (gusts to 25 mph) out of the west will challenge containment lines on the fire's eastern edge. Crews will continue to build and strengthen containment lines and burnout fuels adjacent to lines when conditions allow.
There are still homes and other structures at risk, but fortunately the fire lines that crews created around the south-eastern perimeter have proven to be very successful. Three structural task forces from the state of Washington arrived Tuesday night and will join the seven task forces that were already working to protect homes in the area.
The fire was reported Sunday afternoon, July 11. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
For up-to-date information on the Grandview Fire, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7651/.
Jurisdictional agencies tied to the fire include Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District and Ochoco National Forest, Crooked River National Grasslands.
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