McKenzie River Ranger District

Yesterday, lightning sparked six fires on the McKenzie River Ranger District. Fortunately, firefighters were able to respond rapidly to these starts and kept them all under an acre. All the fires were located in the north end of the Three Sisters Wilderness and required the work of rappellers, smoke jumpers and district personnel to keep the fire sizes to a minimum.

Fire locationsAll day long the calls kept coming into the fire office; new smoke reports and fire size ups from people in the field. As of 6pm there are approximately 40 new fires on the Middle Fork and 6 on the McKenzie River Ranger District.

Willamette NF Fires, Monday July 14 Evening Update; including trail and area closures

 Firefighters continue to respond to reports of over 65 lightning-sparked fires from storms that crossed over the Cascades Sunday. Most of the fires are small, ranging from a single burning tree to less than ¼ acre in size. Six new fires were found this afternoon.

Digital readerboardMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Travelers passing by the McKenzie River Ranger District office will soon be getting fire related updates via a new electronic reader board. The structure, now under construction, replaces a static display board next to an image of Smokey the Bear familiar around the region.

Setting firesControlled fires will happen from now through June
MCKENZIE BRIDGE: The arrival of spring means fire personnel are busy preparing for controlled burns on the McKenzie River Ranger District. This season, several controlled burns that total 182 acres will be ignited near Blue River Reservoir, east of Smith Reservoir, and near Frissell Crossing campground on Forest Service Road 19.

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