Rebel Fire Update, McKenzie River Ranger District

Release Date: Aug 7, 2017  

Contact(s): Nick Smokovich, 541-822-7250

Around 2:00 pm on Friday, August 4, smoke was reported near Rebel Creek Trail about 13 miles south of Blue River, OR along Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Road 19). The Rebel Fire is currently 84 acres and is burning north and east into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Approximately 120 firefighters are working to contain the fire, however, steep terrain and thick fuel has hindered progress. The Forest has transitioned the management of the Rebel fire to the Gila / Las Cruces Incident Management Team as of 6:00 am Monday.

Closures: Travelers along the Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) should expect to see increased fire traffic and smoke. For public health and safety, Forest Service Road 19 has been closed for public use from Hard Rock Campground on the north to Frissell Crossing to the South. Both campgrounds are open to the public. Rebel Trailhead #3324/#3323 and Red Diamond Campgrounds are closed.

Smoke from the fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and intensify chronic heart and lung problems. Your eyes are your best tools to determine if it’s safe to be outside. If visibility is over 5 miles, the air quality is generally good. If you are having health effects from smoke exposure then take extra care to stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. You should also see your doctor or healthcare professional as needed.

Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, Three Sisters Wilderness, Rebel Creek drainage

Start Date: August 4, 2017 Size: 84 acres

Cause: Under investigation

Vegetation: Dense mixed conifer forest.

Incident Commander: Ricky Cox

Resources: 4 crews, 2 falling teams, 2 engines, 1 water tender, 1 helicopter, and other fire personnel with a total of 120