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Central Oregon firefighters watching out for new fires

Over 70 reports of new fires since start of thunderstorms Tuesday


Published Jul 23, 2014 at 09:46AM / Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 06:41PM

Firefighters this evening are keeping watch for possible new wildfires around Central Oregon following thunderstorms Tuesday and today.

Between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 6:15 p.m. today there were 79 reports of potential fires, said Jean Nelson-Dean, spokeswoman at the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville.

Most of the fire were single trees or small acreage, which firefighters quickly contained. “There is nothing that is really making a run at this point,” she said this evening.

Statewide there were about 12,000 lighting strikes since the storms started Tuesday afternoon, just over a week after thunderstorms started large wildfires around Central Oregon. Updates on those fires include:

• Bridge 99 Complex Fire near Camp Sherman: 5,919 acres and 50 percent contained.

• Logging Unit Fires on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation: 10,350 acres and 20 percent contained.

• Ochoco Complex Fire near Prineville: 6,333 acres and 22 percent contained.

• Shaniko Butte Fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation: 40,575 acres and 75 percent contained.

• Waterman Complex Fire near Mitchell: 12,520 acres and 80 percent contained. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office this morning lifted all evacuation warnings for about two dozen homes along U.S. Highway 26, near the fire.

— Dylan J. Darling