Rebel Fire Update, McKenzie River Ranger District

Release Date: Aug 8, 2017  

Contact(s): Fire Information: 541-822-7250

  • Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, Three Sisters Wilderness, Rebel Creek drainage
  • Start Date: August 4, 2017
  • Size: 200 acres
  • Containment: 0%
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Vegetation: Dense mixed conifer forest. Incident Commander: Ricky Cox
  • Resources: 4 crews, 2 falling teams, 4 engines, 1 water tender, 1 helicopter, and other fire personnel with a total of 123.

Summary: 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 200 acres and is burning north and east into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Approximately 123 firefighters are working to contain the fire, however, steep terrain and thick fuel has hindered progress. Due to the fires proximity and current resistance to control, the rebel fire is expected to be a long term event, and will continue to burn until significant moisture eliminates fire growth potential.

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 south of Hard Rock Campground to just north of Frissell Crossing. Both campgrounds are open to the public. Rebel Trailheads #3324/#3323 and at the junction with Olallie South Trail #3529, 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.