Fire threatons Power lines

The Badger Butte Fire is 1953 acres with 25% containment. Firefighters under the direction of the Blue Mountain Type II Interagency Incident Management Team, made significant progress on the Badger Butte Fire Wednesday.

Crews were able to hold established lines, construct new lines, and aggressively fight the fire.

Crews are conducting burnout operations, which is a controlled method of using fire to eliminate fuels from the fires path. As a result of burnout operations, large amounts of smoke may be visible in the area of the Badger Butte fire. Fire behavior has been very active over the past several days.
Contingency plans are in place and are re-evaluated daily as conditions change and progress is made. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Warm Springs Agency in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Fire Management will continue mop-up efforts and patrol of the Powerline, Razorback, West Hills and Seekseequa Fires. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Agency officials have lifted the Level 1 evacuation order for residents. An area north of the Warm Springs River and east of Highway 26 has been established for huckleberry picking by residents.

Status There is a potential for the fire to impact BPA powerlines as well. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from its junction with Forest Road 4220 near Triangle Lake to just south of Clackamas Lake Campground. A detour route has been identified on forest roads on the Mt. Hood Forest. A series of thermal troughs (areas of hot, dry, unstable air) has settled over the region rapidly drying vegetation and is expected to be in place through till Sunday. Under these conditions, cires can ignite easily, and have the potential to spread rapidly and burn with great intensity creating a safety concern for our firefighters and the public. The safety of firefighters and the public remain our 1st priority. You can contact the fire information line for the High Cascades Fire directly at 877-324-7993.

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