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Interagency Response Underway for Central Oregon Wildfires
For Immediate Release
Monday August 18, 2008
Contact: Jeri Chase, 503-945-7201
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of a complex of at least four wildfires burning on state-protected private land and federal forestlands on Monday afternoon.  The fires, known as the Summit Springs Complex, range in size from a few trees to over 1200 acres.  The fires are located over a large area between 10 and 20 miles north of Sisters Oregon.
First reported on Sunday evening after a series of lightning storms moved through the Central Oregon area, the fires are burning through a variety of timber types and grasslands.  The largest of the four, the Summit Springs Fire is estimated at 1200 acres, and is burning to the southeast of Little Squaw Back Mountain.  The 40 acre Green Ridge Fire is burning in steep un-roaded terrain northeast of the community of Camp Sherman.  The Black Butte Fire, estimated at less than an acre, is burning on the west slope of the Black Butte summit.  The fourth fire is the Stevens Canyon Fire located northeast of Sisters, and it is estimated at 100 acres.  Resource management agencies are continuing to respond to numerous other small fires that could later be added to the complex.
The Incident Management Team is establishing an Incident Command Post in Sisters.  Current priorities include ensuring firefighter and public safety, acquiring adequate resources to manage the complex, and assessing strategy options for suppression efforts.
In addition to the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service (Deschutes National Forest and Ochoco National Forest - Crooked River National Grassland), cooperating agencies involved in this effort include the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, and the Sheriffs’ Departments from Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.