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The Watson Creek Fire in Lake County is located about 15 miles west of Paisley, burning in difficult terrain.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018 1:00 PM
Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 5:31 PM

LAKEVIEW, Ore. —

UPDATE: The Watson Creek Fire west of Paisley in Lake County now covers about 350 acres, according to a statement from fire officials.

Due to difficult terrain and poor visibility, fire crews have had difficulty in containing the flames.

The fire was confirmed yesterday at 2:55 p.m. approximately 15 miles west of Paisley. The fire is burning on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Paisley Ranger District.

Firefighters continue to work in difficult terrain with limited access. Most of the fire's active burning is to the northeast.

Two heavy air tankers, three helicopters, six engines, two water tenders, three dozers, multiple overhead, and a 10-person handcrew were on the scene by Thursday evening. The use of additional aircraft for support has been limited by visibility in the area. A Type II Incident Management Team has been ordered to assume command of operations.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

Fire officials have called for the closure of several remote roads and recreation sites:

Forest Service 28 Rd – South from junction of FS road 30 to FS road 34, at the junction with FS road 29, and at the junction with FS road 3315.

Forest Service 29 Rd (aka Government Harvey) – At Oregon State Hwy 31, west to FS road 28, and southwest of FS road 3360.

Forest Service 30 Rd (aka Marsh Road) – east from FS road 3239 to FS road 28, and at the junction with FS road 3372.

Forest Service 34 Rd – at Corral Creek Campground, east to the FS road 28, at the junction with FS road 28, at the junction with FS road 3372.

Forest Service Rd 3411 (aka Lee Thomas Road) – east from the forest boundary to FS road 28.

Recreation site closures: Currier Guard Station, Currier Trailhead, Bald Butte Lookout, Campbell Lake Campground, Dead Horse Lake Campground and Trailhead, Hanan/Sycan Campground and Trailhead, Lee Thomas Campground and Trailhead, North Fork Sprague Trailhead, Pikes Crossing Campground, Rock Creek Campground, Sandhill Crossing Campground, and Winter Rim Trailhead.

(Updated /16/18 at 4 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A new wildfire is growing rapidly in Lake County about 15 miles west of Paisley, according to South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP).

The fire now covers over 40 acres. Just four hours ago, fire managers said that it covered only 13 acres.

SCOFMP says that the fire is burning in difficult terrain, and firefighters are encountering challenges in trying to gain good access. Air attack, helicopters, and ground resources are working to contain the flames, and more resources have been ordered.

Currently there are no evacuations ordered and no residences threatened by the fire.

This is a developing story, and we will update the article with more information as it emerges.

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