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Location: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Hells Canyon Wilderness in Idaho, on Freezeout Ridge, approximately ½ mile west of Horse Heaven Cabin, and approximately 11 miles southwest of Riggins, Idaho.
Terrain: Steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain, burning in timber and grass
Fire Activity: Very Active
Resources Assigned: Type 3 Incident Commander with seven fighters; 3 - Type 1 helicopters, 1 - Type 3 helicopter.
Weather: Hot, dry, and windy conditions with no predicted precipitation expected over the next few days
Closures: The following Trail Closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety (look for map in tomorrow's update):
·Trail #113: Closed from Junction with Trail #62 (#625) southwest to Junction with Trail #192/#191
·Trail #101 (#101A): Closed from Junction with Trail #61 south to Junction with Trail #214 and #124
·Trail #61: Closed from Junction with Trail #101 east to Junction with Trail #55.
·Trail #62 (#625): Closed from Junction with Trail #101 East to Junction with trail #113.
·Trail #192: Closed from Junction with Trail #189 at Stevens Saddle north to Junction with Trail #194/191/113.
·Trail #194 (#113): Closed from Junction with Trail #214 east to Junction with Trail #191 (#113)
·Trail #191: Closed from HCNRA Wilderness Boundary by Holbrook Saddle to Junction with Trail #113/192.
·Trail # 214: Closed from Junction with Trail #101 south to Junction with Trail #218 at Purgatory Saddle.
·Trail # 216: Closed from Junction with Trail #214 west to Junction with Trail #215.
·Trail #189: Closed from Junction with Trail #214 east to Junction with Trial #191
·Trail # 321: Closed from Junction with Trail #189 to Ruth Lake.
·Trail #124: Closed from Junction with Trail #69 south to Junction with Trail # 214
·Trail #114: Closed from Junction with Trail 112 southeast to Junction with Trail # 214
Area Closures may be necessary, as well, so please continue to check Inciweb for current information at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4102/. No public use restrictions apply in the Idaho side of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Resources/Structures Threatened: Horse Heaven Historical Cabin and Jackley Lookout
Current Status: Firereceived a small amount of precipitation last night. The most active part of the fire continues to be the northeast corner. Fireis also burning in heavy fuels in the Horse Heaven Lake area. Suppression efforts with helicopters, aimed at preventing the fire from spreading through old burn scars further to the north of Horse Heaven Lake and east, south of Mill Creek, and southwest of Dog Creek will be a focus again today. The fire did continue to back down canyon along Anchor Creek toward Granite Creek, where helicopters were also used to slow fire spread.
Yesterday, the Deception Creek Fire stayed within established control lines and continued to burn islands of unburned vegetation. This has produced periods of heavy smoke in the nearby communities of Oakridge and Westfir and dispersed smoke elsewhere depending on the transport winds at the time. An infrared flight over the fire area has been used on previous nights to determine the hot spots or heat signatures within the fireline. The burned acres have been increasing to reflect the additional areas burned. Todays estimate of acres burned has not increased because a the infrared imaging could not penetrate a heavy cloud cover over the fire last night.
This morning, light rain started to fall in Oakridge and over the fire. Predictions today are for continued sporadic showers dropping 0.1 to 0.2 inches of rain.
The Deception Creek Fire continues to be managed under a full suppression strategy which is designed to keep the fire size as small as possible while maintaining public and firefighter safety, and protecting natural resources.
No helicopters were utilized yesterday to drop water on the fire, due to minimal fire activity. Some additional heavy equipment will be used today to clean up cut vegetation from fire line construction efforts. Three to four large wood chippers will be used on recently cleared roads along the eastern perimeter of the fire. A wood grinder, capable of shredding large diameter material will also be used.
The 600 firefighters, 4 helicopters, 19 engines, 2 dozers, and 11 water tenders assigned to the Deception Complex are poised to respond if the fire escapes any containment line.
Air quality over the communities of Westfir and Oakridge is expected to be in the low to moderate range again today. For additional air quality information see the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency website at oregonsmoke.blogspot.com or lrapa.org
The closure order placed over the Staley Fire has been terminated by the Willamette National Forest and all roads, trails and area previously closed are now open for public use. Other public use restrictions, area, road and trail closures can be viewed at:
continues to be made by firefighters to contain the 36 Pit Fire. The
northwestern portion of the fire which is closest to any homes or
structures is becoming more secure. The northwestern and northern flanks
of the fire are nearly completely lined. Firefighters are mopping up
and putting out hot spots adjacent to the firelines, making the lines
more secure. Last night, crews continued to mop up hot spots and secure
the area of the fire closest to the Silver Fox RV Park. Yesterday,
residents of the RV Park were escorted by Estacada Fire District and the
Oregon State Fire Marshal’s IMT Blue Team personnel allowing residents
to obtain necessities from their homes.
fire is burning in extremely steep terrain presenting crews with
hazards such as rolling debris. However, elite hot shot crews are
building hand line at the fire’s southern perimeter from the ridge tops
to the highway and Clackamas River. Today, crews also plan to build hand
line directly adjacent to the southern perimeter of the fire located
south of Highway 224. In addition, contingency containment lines are
being “prepped” along roads located near the southern perimeter of the
fire. “Prepping” of these roads consists of removing smaller understory
trees and brush resulting in the roads becoming more defensible should
the fire approach these roads.
managers are evaluating whether the South Fork of the Clackamas River
would serve as a good barrier to the fire. However, contingency plans
are being developed to contain the fire should the fire move west of the
South Fork. The fire has not moved appreciably in any direction since its initial spread last Sunday and Monday.
to the decreased threat to structures, the Oregon Fire Marshal Blue
Team will be demobilizing at end of today’s shift. The Unified Command
Team has been greatly appreciative of the team’s contribution to the
suppression of this fire.
conditions continue to assist firefighters in their efforts to suppress
the fire. Cooler temperatures, light winds, and high humidity including
some measureable rain are predicted through tomorrow. Fire managers
intend to take advantage of the favorable weather to suppress the fire
before the expected warm and dry weather on Saturday.
resource advisors have also been an integral component of the fire
suppression team. Resource Advisors collaborate with fire managers to
fight fire aggressively while protecting resources such as fisheries,
cultural resources and wilderness values. If the fire moves into a
congressionally designated wilderness area, minimum impact suppression
tactics (MIST) will be implemented.
public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local
roads and to drive defensively. For information related to evacuations,
please go to: http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224. Information related to smoke can be found at: www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com For more information, please use the contact information listed above.
Summary:In the Northwest (last 24 hrs), 5 lightning strikes occurred in Southeastern Oregon. Widespread rain occurred along the west side of the geographic area.One new team deployment; IMT2. OR Team 3 (D. Johnson, Keith) is mobilizing to theSouth Steens Complex.
National Fire ActivityInitial attack activity: Light (57 new fires)
New large fires: *1
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: *14
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 5 *Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.
Northwest Fire Activity New fires and acres (Last 24 hrs): 7 fires for 25 acres (8,318acres growth on existing large fires*) OR: 4 fires for 25 acres WA: 3 fires for 0 acres *[acreage reductions not included] Northwest Large Fires Uncontained Large Fires:*6(OR:5, WA:1) *[complexes tallied as 1 fire] IMTs CommittedinNWNIMO Teams committed: 0 Type 1 IMTs committed: 0 Type 2 IMTs committed: 4 Incidents not Previously-Reported: 0
Incidents Previously-Reported: 7
36 PitOR-MHF-000728. IMT2. WA Team 2 (Rabe/Holloway) / OSFM Blue Team (Magers). 10 mi SE of Estacada, OR. Start 9/13.Full Suppression. Timber. Cause human. 4,000 acres (+412 ac.). 30% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Area and road closures. Steep slopes. Values at risk; commercial and residential properties. Level 1 and 2 evacuations. Road and area closures in effect.OregonState Conflagration Declared. Unified command with the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office.
Onion MountainOR-RSF-001146. IMT2. OR Team 1 (Williams). 15 mi W of Grants Pass, OR. Start 9/13.Full Suppression. Timber. Cause unknown. 3,800 acres (+120 ac.). 8% containment. Precipitation received, moderating fire behavior. Values at risk; residences, T&E species, lookout and communication sites. Area closure in effect.In Unified Command with the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Deception ComplexOR-WIF-140274. IMT2. OR Team 4 (Watts). 2mi W of Oakridge, OR. Start 8/13.Full Suppression.Timber. Cause lightning. 5,960 acres (+86 ac.). 80% containment. Interior creeping and smoldering. Fire growth in interior islands. Steep, rocky terrain.
South Steens ComplexOR-BUD-004283. IncludesBone Creek BasinandBlitzen Crossingfires. IMT2. OR Team 3 (D. Johnson/Keith) is mobilizing to the complex. In-brief scheduled for 9/18 at 1000 hours.
Bone Creek BasinOR-BUD-004276. ICT3. 45 mi SW of Burns Junction, OR. Start 9/16.Full Suppression. Grass and Sage. Cause Lightning. 9,000 acres (+6,500 ac.). 0% containment. Active fire behavior. Structures threatened.
Blitzen CrossingOR-BUD-004282. ICT3. 50 mi W of Burns Junction, OR. Start 9/16.Full Suppression. Grass and Sage. Cause Lightning. 3,200 acres (+1,200 ac.). 0% containment. Structures threatened. Campers evacuated. Active fire behavior.Complex tallied as 1 fire in uncontained large fires count.
790 FireOR-RSF-140790. IMT3 (Pingle). 30 mi NE of Medford, OR. Start 7/31.Full Suppression.Timber. Cause lightning. 3,023 acres (+0 ac.). 90% containment. Holding and mop up continues. Internal creeping and smoldering. Values at risk; T&E species habitat, timberlands, recreation and wilderness values. Area closures in effect.
Fork PeakWA-PCS-000105. IMT3 (Schmidt). 26 mi SW of Centralia, WA. Start 9/11.Full Suppression. Timber. Cause unknown. 117 acres (+0 ac.). 70% containment. 221 personnel on scene. Smoldering and creeping. Mop-up ongoing.
Glass ButteOR-BUD-004277. ICT3. 30 mi W Hines, OR. Start 9/16.Full Suppression. Cause Human. 600 acres (+0 ac.). 100% Dozer lined. The incident has been turned over to the Squaw Butte Experiment Station.Not tallied in uncontained large fires count. Final report unless conditions change.
Lists fires (of any size) that singly utilize Monitor, Confine, or Point Zone Protection suppression strategies, or use Multiple Suppression Strategies (which may also include a Full Suppression component).
Other Fires of Interest: 2
Founders DayOR-CLP-140625. ICT4. (Winkler). 7 mi NE of Crater Lake, OR. Start 8/25.Monitor.Timber. Cause Lightning. 195 acres. (+7 ac.). 0% containment. Active perimeter spread with torching and short range spotting. Fire is being managed for resource benefit.See “NW Fires Utilizing Monitor, Confine, Point Zone Protection Strategies (YTD)” link for future updates.
Freezeout RidgeOR-WWF-001151. IMT3 (Johnson). 29 mi E of Joseph, OR. Start 9/5. Timber. Cause unknown.Multiple Suppression Strategies (Monitor 75% / Confine 25%).2,780 acres (+1,582 ac.). 0% containment. Active fire behavior with group torching and short range spotting.
Northwest RX Burning
Completed (Last 24 hrs):1 fire for 4,388 acres OR: 1 fire for 4,388 acres (OR-BUD) WA: 0 fires for 0 acres Planned (Next 24 hrs): 2 fires for 53 acres OR: 1 fire for 20 acres (OR-UMF) WA: 1 fire for 33 acres (WA-YAA)
Northwest Weather Highlights / Fire Potential:
An upper trough will move through the region over the next 24 hours. It is expected to give some showers as well as a few wet variety thunderstorms to various parts of the region. A wetting rain is also possible in areas west of the cascades with best chances being in SW Oregon and NW Washington. A short-lived drier offshore flow will redevelop by the weekend.
September 15th's subtle evening
thunderstorm left a clear presence Tuesday with new wildfire activity
and smoke-filled skies. Five new wildfires erupted in a cluster in the
southernmost area of Steens Mountain, with the two largest scorching
over 2,000 acres each. The Bone Creek Basin fire is due west of Alvord
Lake and the Blitzen fire is 5 miles southwest of South Steens
Erratic, gusty winds and severely dry fuel conditions proved too much
for firefighters from the Burns Interagency Fire Zone this afternoon.
The Bone Creek Basin fire on the east side of Steens Mountain pushed
significantly to the north and east during the heat of the day, forcing
suppression resources away from the fire line and into direct structure
protection around properties near the sparse settlement of Andrews. At
last report, no structures were lost or damaged. The East Steens Road is
closed from Andrews south to Fields, however, travelers are encouraged
to avoid use on the entire East Steens Road until further notice. The Harney County Sheriff’s office is on scene supporting traffic control as needed.
Blitzen fire also showed significant activity today, crossing the
Steens Mountain Loop Road to the north and east near the Weaver Place.
South Steens Campground and Riddle Brothers Ranch were vacated yesterday
and remain closed. Visitors are discouraged from using the southern
portion of the Steens Mountain Loop Road, from its intersection at Hwy
205 to the "turkey foot" junction near the East Rim Overlook until
Type 2 Incident Management Team from Central Oregon will assume control
of the Blitzen and Bone Creek Basin fires on Thursday, September 18.
These incidents will be grouped by name into the “South Steens Complex.”
Incident Base Camp will be on private property on the east side of
Steens Mountain and will remain in place until conditions improve.
Glass Butte fire - a prescribed burn on the Northern Great Basin
Experimental Range west of Burns that escaped control efforts – was less
active today, though quite a bit of smoke remains in the vicinity.
danger is VERY HIGH and public use restrictions are in effect across
Harney County. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level is a level three,
which prohibits all personal woodcutting on public land. Use extreme
caution when traveling through and recreating in the outdoors this time
of year. To report a wildfire, call 541-573-1000. For fire information, call 541-573-4519.
September 17, 2014 – 1:00 PM FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4106/ INFO PHONE: 360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711 EMAIL: email@example.com Fire Information Office Hours: 8:00 am -8:00 pm
Excellent progress to contain the 36 Pit Fire occurred yesterday along the northern and western perimeters of the fire. Dozer and hand lines were constructed to contain portions of the fire’s northern perimeter. Natural features and Road 4610 are also being used to contain the fire on the northern flank. The highest priority is to continue to hold and contain the western and northern portions of the fire since these locations are closest to any structures, industrial forest land, and other resource values.
Yesterday, burn out operations went well in the vicinity of the Silver Fox RV Park creating a smoke plume that was visible to many residents of the Estacada area. Yesterday afternoon and through part of last night’s shift, fire crews burned out fuel located between Road 4610 and Highway 224 near the Silver Fox RV Park. However, last night, increased humidity caused burn out operations to be suspended. Today, as temperatures increase and relative humidities decrease, firefighters intend to complete the burn out near the Silver Fox RV Park. Burn out will continue to happen at the north and the northwest portions of the fire. Burn out of fuels is a fire suppression tactic used to reinforce fire lines and to consume fuels adjacent to structures. Residents of the Estacada area may see visible smoke as burn out operations proceed.
Along the southern perimeter of the fire, firefighters continue to identify roads and other locations where they can safely contain the fire. However, there may be opportunities to build containment directly adjacent to the fire dependent on favorable weather conditions. Firefighters are contending with very steep terrain and are evaluating locations where fire line can be safely constructed. A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon State Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team are leading the fire suppression effort. The local Estacada fire District 69 has been heavily involved in the fire suppression efforts. Structure protection task forces and Blue Team management personnel mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act continue to work on the north and west side of the fire, assisting with protection and mop up operations around those affected homes, including the Silver Fox RV Park. Structure protection resource needs will continue to be evaluated throughout today and will likely begin to demobilize over the next couple of days as the threat to those structures lessen.
The public is urged to be aware of increased fire related traffic on local roads, and to drive safely. For information related to evacuations instituted by the Clackamas County Sheriff, please go to their web site at: http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224. The public may also obtain information on smoke by going to: www.oregonsmokeblogspot.com
Oregon Evacuation Levels: 1, 2, 3 = Ready, Set, Go
LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means "BE READY" for potential evacuation.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area,
monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for
information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement
of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain
circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency
services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.
LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means "BE SET" to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE This level indicates
there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either
voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the
affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a
moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but
doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU
RECEIVE Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to
notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will
be asked to broadcast periodic updates.
LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means "GO" Evacuate NOW
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you
should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement,
you must understand that emergency services may not be available to
assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or
make efforts to protect your home.
(Also posted in our news-release feed: http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=624 )
Working from a secure anchor point on the southeast corner of the fire, crews and dozers made progress establishing and securing containment lines along the east flank.Firefighters also began constructing direct and indirect lines along the southern and western flanks of the fire utilizing existing roads and a major ridge.
Helicopters dropped water and air tankers dropped retardant to assist firefighting efforts, but poor visibility due to smoky conditions limited the use of aircraft in some sections of the fire.Lingering smoke may hinder air operations again today.
The fire grew about 600 acres to the northTuesday.An incoming low pressure system will bring cooler weather andshowers are expected this afternoon and intoThursday.High temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees and minimum humidity around 35 to 40 percent are forecasted for today.
Fire personnel will take advantage of the weather by continuing to build containment lines as close to the fire’s edge as possible.A structure protection group to assess home protection remains in place in the event the fire grows and threatens homes and businesses in the area.
A Level 1 Evacuation Notice, advising residents to be ready, remains in effect for residences in the Pickett Creek, Shan Creek, Riverbanks Road, and Taylor Creek Road areas.Road, area and campground closures have been issued for public and firefighter safety.
A public meeting will be held at Flemming Middle School,Thursday at 6:30 p.m.to provide information regarding the Onion Mountain Fire.The school address is 6001 Monument Drive, Grants Pass, OR 97526. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.