Evacuations issued near Lake Billy Chinook due to wildfire
CENTRAL OREGON (KPTV) - Evacuations have been issued after a fast-moving wildfire started near Lake Billy Chinook on Sunday.
As of Monday morning, the Fly Creek Fire was estimated to be about 280 acres and 5% contained. It’s burning near Balancing Rock along the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook, north of the Three Rivers subdivision.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 “GO NOW” fire evacuation notice for the Perry South and Monty Campgrounds, as well as a Level 2 “GET SET” notice for the Three Rivers area. More information can be found here.
The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper. On Monday, two handcrews, one hotshot crew, six engines, one dozer and one water tender are actively on the fire and working to increase containment.
Portions of Lake Billy Chinook will be closed Monday as aerial support grabs water from the lake.
The Fly Creek Fire was caused by a lightning storm that passed through Central Oregon on Sunday. There were seven other smoke reports in the same area as Fly Creek.
In total, 16 smokes were reported Sunday afternoon and evening across Central Oregon. Two fires on the Ochoco National Forest and one on the Crescent District of the Deschutes National Forest were all held to 1/10 of an acre.
Officials said frequent lightning and strong outflow winds are a concern Monday. Red Flag Warnings issued by the National Weather Service remain in effect across most of Central Oregon.
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