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Areas hit by South Obenchain Fire open up

Most areas impacted by the South Obenchain Fire, including Butte Falls and Butte Falls Highway, are open for residents to return, though those using Butte Falls Highway must show proof of residence at the Oregon National Guard check point, Northwest Incident Management Team 8 announced today.

Areas around the fire perimeter and north of Highway 140 between Salt Creek Road east to BLM Road 36-2E-26 remain at a Level 3 “Go” evacuation level.

Firefighters will still be working on Butte Falls Highway and adjacent areas, and those who use the highway should drive with caution.

Visible flames and smoke are expected to persist within the fire perimeter until it’s hit by a season-ending rain or snow event.

On Friday night, the Oregon Department of Forestry provided a drone aircraft with infrared capability to fly over the southwest portion of the fire collecting data on the location of heat. The resulting map will be provided to firefighters daily to assist them in mopping up hot spots.

Inciweb photo of South Obenchain fire.