Waterfalls 2 Fire grows rapidly
- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - News
>Blankets area with smokeThe Waterfalls 2 Fire, located west of Warm Springs, blew up Sunday, when it crossed Shitike Creek and doubled in size -- from 3,000 to 6,000 acres, blanketing the local area with smoke.
By Tuesday morning, the fire, which had pushed up the south-facing slope of Shitike Canyon toward the Trout Lake Road, was estimated at 7,363 acres. Two spot fires, north of Trout Lake Road and the main fire, were attacked Monday night and contained.
The fire, which was ignited by lightning on the evening of Aug. 4, is located about five miles northeast of Mount Jefferson, and 22 miles west of Warm Springs. The fire, burning timber, brush and hardwood slash on steep terrain, was active and only 2 percent contained Tuesday.
The Shitike Lookout has been evacuated, and historic structures which are at risk, have been protected with aluminum wrapping. The Olallie Lake Scenic Area, seven campgrounds, eight trails and six roads have been closed.
Additionally, the Pacific Crest Trail, from South Breitenbush Trail north to the junction with Red Lake Trail is closed, as well as the Mount Hood National Forest portion of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.
Information on these and other closures is available at the Incident Command website at www.inciweb.org/incident/3165.
A total of 566 personnel were working on the fires on Tuesday, when winds were expected to gust up to 25 mph from the south and west.
Officials reported that there was active fire behavior on the entire perimeter of the fire. Helicopters, operating out of the Madras Municipal Airport, were continuing to drop buckets of water on the fire.
At this time, there is no estimated day for containment of the fire.