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Friday, August 19, 2016

8/19/16 Sheridan Fire

Firefighters Continue to Make Progress on Sheridan Fire

 Firefighters continue to hold and improve the perimeter of the Sheridan Fire burning 2 miles west of Sunriver, Oregon. The fire did not grow overnight and remains 200 acres and 25 percent contained. Fire crews will hold and improve the containment line today, and mopup any hotspots near the line. In addition, firefighters will patrol outside the fireline looking for any spot fires. The cause remains under investigation.
The Deschutes River has re-opened between Harper’s Bridge and the Sunriver Resort Marina; however, the closure could be reinstated if helicopters need to use the spot for dipping. The road closures remain in effect; and fire officials will consider opening main roads to through traffic tomorrow. Fire Officials will evaluate conditions today and determine if the Level 1 Evacuation for Fall River Estates subdivision and properties near the Fall River Fish Hatchery can be lifted.
A Red Flag Warning has been issued for much of Central Oregon today for low humidity and high winds. These conditions will challenge firefighters working on existing fires and increase the potential for a new start to spread rapidly. Fire officials are asking everyone to use caution when recreating out in the woods and rangelands – make sure campfires are out when someone isn’t there to watch them, dispose of cigarettes properly, and avoid parking over vegetation.

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