News on Range Fires Affecting The Lower Deschutes River 07/05/21

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These posts are copied from communiques by BLM in Prineville, Oregon.

Please see the following update regarding wildland fires on or near the Lower Deschutes Wild & Scenic River:

Rattlesnake Fire: Reported on June 30th in the afternoon, the fire is currently estimated at 5,479 acres. The fire is burning on Prineville District BLM managed lands in the area of South Junction campground, the Warm Springs Reservation and some private.. The fire is under the unified command of Warm Springs Incident Commander Lionel Smith and Type 3 Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Incident Commander Larae Guillory.

The Trout Creek Campground and boat ramp will remain under a level 2 evacuation until 6:00pm tonight. Starting tomorrow morning, July 4th, trip leaders holding boater passes using the Trout Creek boat ramp should be fine to use the site. We are asking for everyone traveling through the area to continue to have good situational awareness until the fire is completely contained. If trip leaders wish to change their trips in segment 1 they can change a launch or take-out in the same segment through if the boater pass has not yet been printed. If a change is needed in a different segment, if your pass has already been printed and you would like to cancel it, or if you have any further questions, please contact the Prineville BLM at (541) 416-6700.

The South Junction Campground remains in an emergency closure while hazard trees are mitigated and damaged utilities are being addressed.

For up-to-date information on Central Oregon fires, visit or

You can also find up-to-date information from the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office facebook page: and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office facebook page:

Thank you.

Jeff Kitchens

Deschutes Field Manager

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