Lionshead Fire Update
Thursday, Oct. 15
REDMOND, Ore. – After precipitation on Wednesday, fuels began slowly drying out but are not expected to reach critical levels. The next weather system is forecasted to impact Central Oregon this weekend, returning to seasonal conditions.
Suppression repair has been completed in the southeastern portion of the fire perimeter near the Metolius River. Additionally, repair work is scheduled for completion today along the southern portion of the fire. Crews are ensuring that fire is no longer active or burning along the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue completing additional tasks for the local jurisdictional units.
On Thursday, fire managers plan to continue hazard tree removal and road grading activities while patrolling and monitoring the perimeter of the fire for hot spots. Crews do not expect the fire activity to increase but will be available in case smoke increases around the perimeter of the fire.
Northwest Incident Management Team 13 is planning to transition management of the fire to local unit incident management organizations on Friday. “Firefighters continue to work hard to be stewards of the land,” said Incident Commander Brian Gales. Incoming fire management teams will continue the suppression repair, patrolling and monitoring work began many weeks ago.
Weather: Precipitation has ended for the week, bringing a stretch of warmer and drier weather. Officials do not expect fire activity to increase despite the warmer and drier weather. Shorter days greatly reduce the likelihood of increased fire activity, even with forecasted warmer weather. Cooler and drier weather is expected over the weekend with highs in the 60s.
Safety: Unpaved roads are muddy, particularly on the west side of the Cascade Crest. Rock falls and falling trees create potential hazards around the fire footprint. Use caution when traveling on newly opened roads, as unmarked hazards may exist.