Aug 11,2006 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
The Lake George Fire continues to burn approximately 13 miles west of Sisters in the Mt. Washington Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest, and grew in size from 20 to 300 acres in a four hour period Thursday. As of 10 a.m. Friday August 11, the area involved is estimated at 600 acres.
According to a news release from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center, the fire is burning in bug-killed lodgepole pine and fir. The westerly winds have pushed the fire to the east and causing some spotting ahead of the main fire. Dry Creek Trail Head is closed until further notice.
Four heavy air tankers, two Type-1 helicopters and a single engine air tanker worked throughout the afternoon as ground crews made their way into the fire. Four 20-person handcrews worked throughout the night to build a fireline around the blaze. Ten engines and three dozers are pre-positioned in the event the fire burns outside the Mt. Washington wilderness boundary and threatens private land.