Rebel Fire Update, McKenzie River Ranger District

Release Date: Aug 10, 2017   Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19)

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


  • Location: McKenzie River Ranger District, Three Sisters Wilderness, Rebel Creek drainage
  • Start Date: August 4, 2017
  • Size: 900 acres
  • Containment: 0%
  • Cause: Under investigation
  • Vegetation: Dense mixed conifer forest.
  • Incident Commander: Ricky Cox
  • Resources: 3 crews, 2 falling teams, 7 engines, 1 water tender, and other fire personnel with a total of 135

Summary: Firefighters have completed 5 miles of preparations along Aufderheide Scenic Byway (Forest Service Road 19) and will continue these preparations (falling dead standing trees, removing lower limbs, small trees and underbrush) so that Road 19 may serve as the west containment line of the fire. Due to the fires location 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.

Updated fire closures and fire restrictions will be announced later today.

Smoke will continue to be most noticeable in the evening until morning, as smoke flows down into canyons, drainages, and basins. Smoke can irritate your respiratory system, intensify chronic heart and lung problems. If you are having health effects from smoke exposure, stay inside or get to an area with better air quality. See your doctor or healthcare professional as needed. For more information and daily air quality updates in Lane County see: http://www.lrapa.org/.

Current Fire information can be found on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5473/