BLACK BUTTE RANCH, Ore. – Fire crews evacuated a campground and a fire lookout Monday as precautions as crews raced to battle a wildfire on Black Butte.
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The Forest Service said the Black Butte Lookout has been evacuated but is not currently threatened by the fire.
The U.S. Forest Service also evacuated the Indian Ford Campground. The campground is not currently threatened but was evacuated for public safety reasons, according to the Forest Service.
Located approximately 7 miles northwest of Sisters and less than 2 miles from Black Butte Ranch, the fire is burning on the southeast side of Black Butte and burning to the northeast, away from both communities.
The Forest Service estimated the fire near Black Butte has already burned more than 300 acres so far and most likely was started by lightning.
A thunderstorm complex passed through the area Sunday night.
A small army of firefighters have been ordered to respond to the fire, including four air tankers, six 20-person hand crews, four helicopters, one dozer, three water tenders and five engines.
Firefighters said the blaze, dubbed the Black Butte II fire, is not yet threatening campgrounds or buildings.
The fire gets sequel treatment because it is burning in an area burned in the 1980s by what was called the Black Butte fire.
The Black Butte II Fire is burning adjacent to the area that was burned by the Black Butte Fire in the 1980s.
That could help firefighters: The old burn scar and past projects to reduce hazardous forest-fire fuels in the area could give firefighters natural fire breaks, or places where the fire won't have as much dry tinder to fuel the blaze.
Black Butte II Fire Closures: In addition to the Indian Ford Camground and the Black Butte Lookout, Forest Roads 11, 1120 and 1430 are being closed for fire suppression efforts. Signs are posted on Forest Roads 64 and 1170 (Lake Billy Chinook side) stating that the roads are closed ahead.
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