Shadow Lake Fire threatens Sand Mountain
Beginning as a lightning strike near Shadow Lake on the Deschutes National Forest, the Shadow Lake Fire has consumed over 5,500 acres of forest since is was first sighted on August 28. The fire has been buoyed by a combination of strong winds, above normal temperatures, and a lack of precipitation. Efforts have been made to contain the fire along some roads north of the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area, but otherwise the fire has been free to grow across the north half of the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area. East winds are forecast for later this week, and the fire is anticipated to push west toward the Sand Mountain Volcanic Alignment and the McKenzie River drainage. Sand Mountain Lookout was been evacuated on Tuesday September 6, and precautions taken to help the lookout survive in th event Sand Mountain is burned-over by this fire.