Containment increased on both fires in Central Oregon today—the Tepee Fire is now 40% contained and the Willow Fire is now 60% contained. Crews mopped up along the 2,064 acre Tepee Fire perimeter Sunday. An area closure remains in place on the Deschutes National Forest for the area around and adjacent to the fire area, including the northwest section of the East Fort Rock OHV Trail System. Mop up also continued on the Willow Fire Sunday as crews worked in the steep and rocky terrain of the canyon to cool hot spots and secure lines. The fire is still estimated at 400 acres All evacuations on this fire were lifted Sunday morning. Investigations revealed that the Tepee Fire was caused by an abandoned campfire. The public is reminded to heed all public use restrictions as central Oregon is still in EXTREME fire danger and campfire restrictions remain in effect.
Tribal Council will hear budget presentations from all departments and committees this week. Be listening for upcoming district meetings on the 2019 Tribal Budget.
The Jefferson County School District board will meet tonight to vote on more than $1.1 million in grants. The money would fund after school education, the hiring of a new teacher, teacher training and the remodeling of teacher homes in Warm Springs. The three grants up for approval are all from the state. One is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. Superintendent Ken Parshall told the Bend Bulletin the district will receive $500,000 annually for the next three years and $375,000 annually for two years after that. The 21st Century grant will fund additional time and support in after-school programs in various subjects, including literacy, math, science and engineering, the arts and physical activity. Kindergartners through eighth-graders in Madras and Metolius will be bussed to Jefferson County Middle School, with separate programs for Warm Springs K-8 Academy, including classes in which students can learn all three languages spoken by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs — Numu, Kiksht and Ichishkiin. High school after school programs will be held at MHS.