6/30/2017 10:05:00 AM Firefighters begin mop-up on Sheep Springs Fire
Firefighters are finishing burnout operations today and will begin mop up, extinguishing hot spots and fire along the perimeter of the Sheep Springs Fire in the Metolius Basin northwest of Sisters.
Yesterday, crews were able to successfully complete burnout operations using existing roads to create a containment perimeter. Interior areas will continue to burn producing smoke in the area.
Mop up operations along the perimeter will begin today cleaning up the line. The objective is to secure the lines while maintaining firefighter safety. Fire officials are managing the Sheep Springs Fire for full suppression using existing roads to create containment lines. By using existing roads, fire officials can reduce firefighters' risk from snags.
The Sheep Springs Fire, burning in an area previously burned by the B & B Fire in 2003, is located in an area predominantly covered in snags, which are often structurally weakened and pose a serious hazard for fire personnel. Due to the extremely hazardous nature of the incident's location, Deschutes National Forest leadership and fire officials are implementing tactics that provide for firefighter and public safety.
The fire, a result of two lightning-struck trees, is burning approximately 20 miles northwest of Sisters in the Brush Creek drainage less than a mile northeast of Sheep Springs Campground and roughly a half mile west of Forest Road 12. The
fire is approximately 406 acres and will continue to grow as fire continues to progress interior of the fire perimeter.
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