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Lake George Fire Near Sisters Now 70 Percent Contained

The lightning-caused fire is being managed by Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 3 under a joint delegation from the Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Investigators say mother nature was behind the Lake George Fire

(SISTERS) - The Lake George Fire west of Sisters is now 70 percent contained and has blackend 5,253 acres.

The continued air and ground battle focused on an intense spot east of the main fire front and within a half-mile of still-shut McKenzie Highway, Highway 242.

Lake George fire crews Sunday were spiked on the west side of the Pacific Crest at Washington Pond.

They continue direct line construction to the northeast towards Mt. Washington from the lava flow.

Crews are mopping up those spot fires and griding for additional spots in the area Sunday, while others continue to mop up and reinforce lines in Div Z and A to the north, and C and B on the east.

Crews will also continue to hold and mop-up the northern portion of the fire, east of the Pacific Crest, and continue line construction on the southeast portion of the fire in an attempt to tie into the lava flow to the south of the fire

Crews worked during the night Saturday on a second contingency line to the east of the fire, burning in very heavy timber.

Total personnel on the fire has increased to 1,010.

Due to visibility problems and the need for firefighter safety, the Oregon Department of Transportation will keep Highway 242 closed between Cold Springs Campground, approximately 4 miles west of Sisters and milepost 76, which is west of the Dee Wright Observatory near the Pacific Crest Trailhead.

Heavy smoke from the wildfire is settling into Sisters and Black Butte, prompting a DEQ health advisory.

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