Closures due to fires lifted

Published Aug 21, 2014 at 08:06PM

As firefighters corralled wildfires around Central Oregon today, the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests announced the end of public land closures caused by fires.

The Deschutes National Forest reopened West Cultus Lake Campground, a boat-in site, and lifted the closure for trails and public land near Cultus Lake triggered by the Muskrat Fire 2 miles northwest of the lake.

Started by lighting and first spotted on Aug. 7, the 50-acre fire is now 100 percent contained although not completely out, Susie Heisey, a spokeswoman for the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville, said today. Early on, Cultus Lake Resort and Cultus Campground on the east side of the lake were warned they might have to evacuate because of the fire.

The Ochoco National Forest will lift its closure early Friday of public land near the South Fork Complex Fire by John Day. The closure included forestland on the west side of the South Fork of the John Day River, as well as Frazier Creek and Mud Springs campgrounds. Lightning started the fire on July 31. The South Fork Complex is now 90 percent contained and has burned 65,256 acres, or more than 100 square miles.

Fire crews were also closing in on containment of the Ferguson Springs Fire, Heisey said. As of this afternoon the fire, started by lightning Sunday 9 miles southeast of Prineville Reservoir, was 90 percent contained.

Campfire restrictions remain in effect for the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests.