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Multiple fires started by lightning
Firefighters have chased down seven small fires around Black Butte, all sparked by lighting from thunderstorms that continue to roll across Sisters Country. The largest fire was ½-acre in size, according to Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch. All are fully lined.

A helicopter was deployed to make water drops in areas of heavy dead-and-down timber on Black Butte and to scout for more fire starts.

A 10-acre fire on the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook has forced the evacuation of Monte Campground.

Sisters Country remains under Red Flag Warning through tomorrow, with more lighting expected.


Friday, August 1, 2014
Lightning sparks fires around Black Butte
Sisters Country lit up under nature's light show last night.

A potent lighting event ripped across the regain, creating a number of new starts from the east slopes of the Cascades east to the Dayville area. By 9 a.m. this morning, the Central Oregon Dispatch Center had fielded more than 20 reports of potential new fires since 8 p.m. last night. Reports are expected to continue coming in throughout the morning.

There are reports of multiple, small starts west and northwest of Sisters, including four strikes immediately surrounding Black Butte. There are two starts reported in the Three Sisters Wilderness, one start immediately west of Elk Lake, two starts just southeast of Wickiup Reservoir, and six small starts south of China Hat.

Other activity includes multiple, small starts across Prineville BLM-administered lands, including several south of Brothers, and isolated starts across the Maury Mountains and Ochoco Mountains.

The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning. The warning will be in effect through 11 p.m. Saturday, August 2.

Storms that develop are expected to bring with them at least the potential for some rain, with precipitation ranging from a few hundredths of an inch to around a quarter of an inch.




Friday, August 1, 2014
Firefighters chase lightning-sparked starts
Firefighters are busy chasing small lightning-sparked blazes across Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch reported Wednesday evening that several small starts have been reported near Three Creek Road outside of Sisters.

There are significant local resources available and firefighters have been able to deploy effectively to contain and quell small blazes. The region remains under a Red Flag Warning through August 2, with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening every day.


Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sisters couple designed and built their dream house
Marcia and Roy Salmon decided on their honeymoon in 1988 after visiting Sisters that they were going to live and build their dream home in the quaint little picturesque town.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Pot question to hit November ballot
Following up on their March decision to place a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Sisters, the City of Sisters is moving ahead with the crafting of a ballot measure to get the citizens' input on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Sisters.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Fallen Sisters firefighter added to memorial
The name of John Hammack will be added to Oregon's Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Salem.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Busy July for local firefighters
Things have been hopping east of town.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Cool, wet day to help firefighters
Due to decreased fire activity, evacuation levels have been reduced and area closures have been changed on the Bridge 99 Complex Fire. Firefighters completed burnout operations and direct line on the northwest fire perimeter and continued to secure containment lines on the Bridge 99 Fire.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Containment grows on Bridge 99 Fire
The Bridge 99 Complex Fire is 31 percent contained at 5,915 acres as of this evening. Heavy thunderstorms have been moving across the region and initial attack units have responded to 40-plus reports of fire starts, with many fires already lined and contained. Early fire reports were primarily located in the same area of the Ochoco National Forest and Prineville BLM that was hard hit during the last lightning storm. Many of the new starts are close to where the Ochoco Complex and Center fires are already burning. Lightning hit the Sisters Country shortly after 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Evacuation orders changed
All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are now in a Level II Evacuation Order in the Bridge 99 Complex Fire.

The Three Rivers Subdivision changed from a Level II to a Level I Evacuation Order. The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park remain in a Level I Evacuation Order. The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

Level II means residents and occupants should be set to go, but do not have to leave homes or other areas. Level I asks residents and occupants to be aware and ready to leave if circumstances change.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Outlaws grad serves as city intern
Marcus Arends is getting some hands-on experience in his academic field this summer. The University of Oregon junior is working as a paid intern for the City of Sisters planning department.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
TUP issue plays to a packed house
The packed house at Thursday night's planning commission hearing heard passionate testimony on both sides of the Temporary Use Permit (TUP) appeal for Celia Hung's planned use of the vacant lot at the corner of Cascade Avenue and Oak Street.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Making sense of Sisters' many events
Events are as notable a part of the Sisters landscape as the Cascade mountains or tall pine trees.

From cowboys to quilts, from music to mountain bikes, from antiques to geological wonders, it seems that there's always something on offer in town, designed to enhance the cultural life of the community - and to attract tourists and their dollars.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Fire behavior, terrain challenges firefighters
Cooler temperatures and somewhat higher humidity may help firefighters battling the growing Bridge 99 Complex Fire northwest of Sisters - but the terrain and fire behavior continue to pose significant challenges. The fire has grown to 7,549 acres and all private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are remain under a Level III evacuation order - meaning residents are to leave and stay out of the area.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Bridge 99 Complex at 6,369 acres
The Bridge 99 Fire Complex Fire has grown to 6,369 acres, but firefighters are having some success in starting containment, securing a successful burnout on the southwest side of the fire. Three helicopters are expected to aid in the suppression efforts today. A Red Flag Warning for fire weather remains in place until 11 p.m. tonight, but a cooling trend is expected through the weekend.There is a light haze of smoke in the Sisters area.

The blaze remains nine miles north of Camp Sherman and is staying west of FS Road 1190.

Three helicopters are expected to aid in the suppression efforts today.


Friday, July 18, 2014
Bridge 99 Complex grows
Sisters is clear of smoke this morning as the Bridge 99 Complex Fire continues to burn nine miles north of Camp Sherman. The fire has grown to a total of 3,400 acres. Evacuations are in place: Level 3 from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (Metolius Arm) and Level 2 for Three Rivers Subdivision.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Old fire scars help in fighting Bridge 99 Complex northwest of Sisters
The Sisters country is scarred up from more than a decade of wildfires. Those old scars are actually an aid to firefighters battling the latest blaze - the lightning-sparked Bridge 99 Fire. The Bridge 99 Complex consists of two fires (Bridge 99 Fire and Bear Butte 2 Fire) started by lightning on Sunday, July 13. The 587-acre Bridge 99 Fire is burning 18 miles northwest of Sisters, about nine miles north of Camp Sherman - east of the Metolius River on the west facing slopes of Green Ridge. The complex is burning in very steep and rugged country with heavy timber and brush at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,000 feet.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sisters Country hazy as fires burn
A Type II team took over management of the Bridge 99 Fire today.

The 400-acre fire is on Green Ridge burning in steep terrain about nine miles north of Camp Sherman. The nearby 318 fire is approximately 150 acres. It's burning adjacent to Jefferson Creek and is west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. A small part of this fire has reached the Warm Springs Reservation. The fire is burning in the old B&B fire scar in downed timber, snags and access is limited.

As of 6 a.m. these fires will be combined into the Bridge 99 Complex managed by the Type II team.

There is no containment on either fire. Due to hot, stagnant air conditions, there is a haze of smoke across Central Oregon.

Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, and Pioneer Ford campgrounds remain closed. Green Ridge Lookout is closed and people are asked to avoid the area of Lower Bridge, Allen Springs, and Pioneer Ford campgrounds as road closures are being established in the area.

There will be a public meeting tomorrow, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Camp Sherman Community Hall for those who wish to get more information on this fire.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Firefighters knock down garage fire
Local firefighters battled hot temperatures as well as flames knocking down a structure fire east of town last week.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Citizens work on plan for Creekside Park
The spirit of collaboration and cooperation filled the chambers of City Hall on Wednesday, July 9, when the City Parks Advisory Board held its regular meeting to discuss the Creekside Campground Master Plan.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

















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