Incident managers are paying close attention to weather forecasts as a thermal trough moves east of the Cascade crest resulting in an unstable atmosphere, higher temperatures and lower humidity. This increases the potential for increased fire behavior and visible smoke columns both today and on into the weekend. Overall fire growth could result.
For firefighter and public safety, an area closure remains in place. Fire updates, closure maps and area descriptions are available at Deschutes National Forest offices as well as http://inciweb.org/incident/3244/.
The Deschutes County Citizen Emergency Notification System (CENS) notifies the public with important information during an emergency. Cell phone users or VoIP lines can receive the same emergency message as those with land-line phones IF THEY REGISTER (opting-in for the service). The online registration service is available for residents living in Deschutes County, Crooked River Ranch, and Camp Sherman. Notices can ONLY be received if you register for the service. To register your wireless or VoIP phone to receive emergency notices, please visit www.deschutes.org/citizenalerts. Deschutes County emergency notices will be sent to you in the form of emails, phone calls or text messages.