Central Oregon District - Oregon Department of Forestry
3501 East Third Street
P.O. Box 670
Prineville, OR 97754
News Release: Graham Fire
Friday June 21, 2018
Contact: Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
Justin Deruyter, Oregon State Fire Marshal
Residents of Three Rivers subdivision are still under evacuation due to the Graham Fire. ODF Team 2, a type 1 team, will be taking over command tonight at 1800 from the local Type 3 Team, Incident Commander Caldwell. Incident Command Post will be set up at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team will be handling structure protection. The fire is estimated to be approximately 2,000 acres at this time.
The Graham Fire was reported late Thursday afternoon, a wind-driven fire burning in brush, timber and grass south of the Metolius River arm of Lake Billy Chinook near Culver, Oregon. The fire has burned private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry and Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, as well as Bureau of Land Management ownership. It is estimated around 2,000 acres.
Residents of the Three Rivers subdivision are under a level three (GO!) evacuation. Residents and the public are reminded not to cross roadblocks into evacuation areas. Some structures may have been damaged by the fire, but due to safety concerns firefighters have not been able to investigate all areas of the fire. For further information regarding evacuations, please refer to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Facebook site or call Jefferson County Sheriff at 541-475-6520. Oregon State Fire Marshall is working on assessing properties within the fire boundary.
Multiple resources are on scene and firefighters will continue to mop up around structures, flank the edge of the fire and try to contain the fire that is pushing to the northeast through Big Canyon. Additional resources have been ordered and are arriving today. Warm temperatures are anticipated in the next few days along with the return of windy conditions which will continue to push firefighters working on the fire.
Updated information for the Graham Fire is available on InciWeb-https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5855/