PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new wildfire appears to have started on Monday afternoon near Detroit Lake.
The National Weather Service said that GOES-West visible satellite imagery showed a “decent column of smoke rising from a location a few miles south of Detroit Lake.”
They believe the smoke is coming from the fire newly named the Bruler Fire. No other information is immediately available.
With dry and hot weather, fire danger remains a concern from California up to Washington.
The Grandview Fire is officially listed around 4000 acres.
“We know it’s growing significantly since then. What we are seeing is dry conditions that are being fed by erratic fire behavior,” said Oregon State Fire Marshal spokesperson Stefan Myers.
“(Sunday) night Marion County was mobilized to help with night operations and made some good progress in the evening,” Myers said. “(Monday), we had two more task forces that were mobilized so the governor declared this a conflagration which brings additional resources to support.”
Linn and Benton counties also sent in resources, and some are coming from the Jack Fire in Douglas County.
Crews are not holding and securing fire lines, with large air tankers dropping retardant and two helicopters dropping water on hot spots.
“Overnight they are going to be focused on the south and southeast sides of the fire,” Myers said.
LEVEL 3 EVACUATION
This is a Level 3 (Go Now!) Evacuation Notice for all homes north of Holmes Road due to a wildfire. There is immediate and imminent danger and you should evacuate immediately. Leave immediately and as quickly as possible.
LEVEL 2 EVACUATION
This is a Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation Notice for the McKenzie Canyon and Lower Bridge Way area due to a wildfire. There is significant danger to your area and you should consider leaving now or be able to evacuate at a moments notice.
Lyle Hill Fire in Klickitat County
The Lyle Hill Fire in Klickitat County began and grew Monday night, prompting Level One (Get Ready) evacuations for the Centerville-High Prairie area from Mile post 2 on Centerville Highway to Alder Springs.
Area just lost all water pressure, so fire fighters will have to drive 12 miles out of town to fill water tenders and bring them back — a 24-mile round trip.
Firefighters try to get control of wildfires in Oregon
By ANDREW SELSKY, The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A wildfire near the resort town of Sisters, Oregon, doubled in size to 6.2 square miles Monday, forcing evacuations in the area, while the state’s biggest fire continued to burn out of control, with containment not expected until November.
That wildfire, dubbed the Bootleg Fire, has scorched over 240 square miles (622 square kilometers) in southern Oregon. Fire managers estimated the fire won’t be contained until around Nov. 30. It started on July 6 from unknown causes.
“The fire will continue to be extremely active in unchecked portions of the perimeter, with unstable air conditions and extremely dry fuels,” fire managers in the Fremont-Winema National Forest said Monday.
They said that during the weekend, heat generated by the fire sucked in winds, which brought more oxygen to an already raging fire, essentially fanning the flames. But control lines on the fire’s southern edge kept the flames in check overnight.
“More crews will be working night shift as overnight temperatures moderate fire activity, allowing crews to make more progress,” the fire’s joint information center said on Twitter.
Power companies are inspecting damage to high-voltage power lines to see if they can carry electricity again. The Bootleg Fire disrupted service on three transmission lines providing up to 5,500 megawatts of electricity to California, where the state’s grid operator asked for voluntary power conservation from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to ease the strain.
A fire in Central Oregon, a few miles northeast of Sisters, started on Sunday, and doubled in size by Monday morning. A plane dropped orange fire retardant on the fire, whose smoke was visible for miles, and ground crews cut fire lines amid grass and trees.
“There’s ash coming down,” said Leah Tolle, business manager of the Tollgate Property Owners Association, a community next to Sisters.
Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act after determining that a threat to life, safety, and property exist due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighters.
The declaration authorizes the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local firefighters.
The state fire marshal’s office tweeted Monday that task forces from Benton, Linn and Lane counties are going to assist fighting the fire in Central Oregon, named the Grandview Fire. Firefighters from Marion County were ordered to the scene Sunday evening.