Fire crews fight small wildfires

Published Jul 15, 2013 at 05:00AM

Firefighters in Central Oregon are working to extinguish several wildfires reported over the weekend, according to a news release from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center.

The Box Springs Fire, located about 15 miles southeast of Ashwood, has burned approximately 30 acres in mixed timber and brush on Oregon Department of Forestry land.

The Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crew and various support personnel are working to contain the fire using three air tankers, three engines and helicopters. Lightning is believed to have caused the fire.

Fire crews are also working on various other lightning-caused fires in Central Oregon.

Fire 292, located in the Three Sisters Wilderness about 1.5 miles north of Devils Lake, is being monitored. The fire was reported around 1 p.m. Saturday, and its cause is under investigation.

The fire is currently less than one acre in size and is creeping along the ground, displaying minimal activity. The fire has low potential for spreading because it is surrounded by natural barriers, according to the news release.

Signs have been posted at the South Sister Trailhead and on the trail near the fire to warn hikers. Fire personnel will monitor the fire until it goes out on its own.

Fire officials want to remind those visiting and recreating in Central Oregon to be careful with fire. Recent hot weather has quickly dried out forest and range fuels in the area. Visitors should ensure that campfires are completely extinguished and cold before leaving the site.

— Bulletin staff report