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Fire agencies set up camp at Madras Elementary School for a few days while they battled the blazes

TOM BROWN FOR THE PIONEER - As many as 140 fire personnel camped out at Madras Elementary School over the weekend. Crews battled the Deep Creek and Johnson Ridge fires north of Madras.

Crews increased containment on two lightning-caused fires north of Madras over the weekend.

A Sunday evening, Aug. 1 update from Central Region Fire Info reports the Johnson Ridge Fire, located 9 miles northwest of Shaniko, that started early Friday morning, July 30, remains at 789 acres and is 95% contained. The fire will continue to be monitored with crews and a water tender mopping up any hot spots found near the perimeter of the fire.

The Deep Creek fire started on Thursday afternoon, July 29, and is located 21 miles north of Madras. It is approximately 1,246 acres in size with 85% containment. Priority for firefighters on the fire is on the thickets of trees and brush closest to the fire's edge. The only threat to the fire is anticipated thunderstorms and winds.

Water tenders, engines, hand crews, dozers and a helicopter are all still assigned to the fires to ensure the fires stay within their footprints. On Monday, Aug. 2, the Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition back to a Type 4 Team under the management of the BLM Prineville District in the late afternoon.

Nearly 140 fire crew members from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as well as contractors set up camp at Madras Elementary School Friday, July 30, reported Ochoco National Forest Public Information Officer Stacy Lacey. Crews worked on both the Deep Creek and Johnson Ridge fires. They planned to demobilize from Madras Elementary on Monday.

The BLM Prineville District and Bakeoven/Shaniko Rural Fire Protection Association will continue to work in unified command on the fires.

For current wildland fire information, the public can visit centraloregonfire.org or follow fire information on Twitter @CentralORfire.


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