Battle of Fly Creek fire nears end
After a harrowing weekend, firefighters have contained 25% of the Fly Creek fire. Lightning sparked the fire Sunday, July 31, at around 8 p.m. Jefferson County quickly evacuated campers from Perry South and Monty campgrounds, and put the Three Rivers subdivision on Level 2 alert, get packed and ready to leave.
Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, the county reduced the Three Rivers evacuation to Level 1.
The fire grew to 280 acres, but firefighters held it at that size. Dozers have cut a line around 80% of the fire.
Tuesday, depending on conditions, crews plan to back burn, using fire to clear fuels away from the potential path of the fire.
Aerial support dipped water from Lake Billy Chinook to battle the fire and dropped fire retardant.
Prineville Hot Shots are on the scene along with seven engines, two hand crews, four water tenders and two dozers.
Air support is available as needed, and portions of Lake Billy Chinook may be closed to the public to allow for dipping water.
A high priority Tuesday was connecting the control lines from the two northern portions of the fire perimeter into the Metolius River using dozers and hand lines, as well as closing in sections of the perimeter that do not yet have dozer lines.
Gusty winds and low relative humidity are the primary concerns for new and existing fires. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for portions of Central Oregon, an indicator of fire conditions that include strong winds, low humidity and lightning starts.
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