Central Oregon District - Oregon Department of Forestry
3501 East Third Street
P.O. Box 670
Prineville, OR 97754
Date: June 23, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Ashley Lertora, 503-338-8442, Justin de Ruyter, 360-431-3869
Graham Fire Daily Update
The Oregon Department of Forestry Type 1 Team and Oregon State Fire Marshall Green Team took
unified command of the fire on Friday at 6:00pm. Fire crews have made good progress battling the
Graham Fire. The fire is estimated at approximately 2,055 acres and is burning in brush, timber and
grass south of the Metolius River arm of Lake Billy Chinook near Culver, Oregon. Fire crews
completed a burnout operation yesterday and will began mop up operations on Saturday. Today’s
firefighting resources include: 7 hand crews, 26 Engines, 2 dozers, 4 water tenders, approximately
375 personnel and containment is estimated at 50%. Aircraft resources assigned to this fire are
available to all fires in the area as needed.
Crews have set up fire camp at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds. Please use caution on Highway 20 near the
rodeo grounds due to the additional fire traffic in the area.
The fire burned two residential structures and five out buildings, but many more were saved by
local firefighting resources. Further information regarding structure losses is not available at
Due to ongoing fire danger Level 3 evacuations remain in effect for the Three Rivers subdivision. A
staffed road block has been established near the Chinook Village Store restricting access to all
except emergency personnel and credentialed media. For further information regarding evacuations,
please refer to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Facebook site or call Jefferson County Sheriff at
Interested media are to report to the Lake Chinook Fire Station at 11700 Graham Rd where a Public
Information Officer will be available10:30am—7:00pm.
There are three structure task forces from Clackamas, Marion, Washington, Lane and Multnomah
counties and have been mobilized under the Conflagration Act and will provide 24-hour structure
protection threatened by the fire. The fire is burning on private lands protected by Oregon
Department of Forestry and Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, as well as Bureau of Land Management
The cause of the fire is attributed to the lightning storm that passed through the area last
Updated information for the Graham Fire is available on InciWeb