Miller Road Fire At 25% Containment

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office says they are downgrading all evacuation levels associated with the Miller Road Fire by one level.  That means the area from Victor Road and Walters Road on the north and south side of Highway 216 to Highway 197 are now at Level 2 “Get Set.”  Tygh Valley, Tygh Valley Road, Fred Ashley Road, Davidson Grade Road, the east side of Highway 197 and all of Oak Spring Road to Highway 216,and Maupin on both sides of the Deschutes River are now at Level 1 “Be Ready.”  Fire officials say the fire is now at 25 percent containment, as light winds and moderate temperatures on Thursday allowed crews to start mop up operations.  The size of the fire is now estimated at 11,186 acres.  Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Incident Commander Scott Magers says they are making a big push to make as much progress as possible before hotter weather arrives during the weekend.  OSFM Operations Section Chief Trainee Mark Corless says crews will continue today to increase mop up operations, with a goal of 100 feet from the fire’s perimeter.  A Type-2 Northwest Interagency Management Team was joining the state fire marshal’s team in a unifed command for the fire.  There are nine task forces, 36 engines, two dozers, and eight water tenders assigned to the fire, with air assets available as needed.

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