MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- Firefighters continue to work toward full containment on five of the many fires that were started from thunderstorms that occurred over the last two weeks on the Middle Fork Ranger District, according to the Southern Cascades Interagency Management Team.
At 118 and 135 acre respectively, the older, larger, Buckhead and Evangeline fires remain serious concerns to fire managers. Snags and large logs continue to burn, but well within the containment lines. Extinguishing these fires is very difficult as they are in locations too hazardous for ground crews to enter. Officials report these areas may continue to burn until the fall rains arrive. Crews will continue to mop up areas that are safe and keep a sharp watch on falling snags.
Four engines will stay on patrol across the District checking on the other lightning caused fires in the complex to insure they are out, and at the same time they’re available to respond to any new fires or holdover fires from the recent lightning.
Forest Road 19 is now open for public use. The temporary flight restriction was also lifted surrounding the Buckhead Fire and the Oakridge airport has reopened. Area campgrounds on the District are open and ready for campers. A few trail and road closures remain in effect, so be sure to check the web sites for current information.
The Buckhead Complex continues to be managed under a multi-agency management team that is comprised of personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry, United States Forest Service and the United States Bureau of Land Management.
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