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Twisp River Fire Memorial Information Blog
Twisp River Fire Memorial Information Blog
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Carpenter Road Fire Update
A Community Meeting will be hosted at at the Valley High School located at 3030 Huffman Road in Valley, WA.
The Carpenter Road Fire is estimated at 64,173 acres and 20% contained.
Today’s wetting rain will give fire managers some breathing room and an opportunity to evaluate the progression of the fire. Yesterday’s smoke kept fire personnel from determining the actual location of the fire along the northern edge. Today’s rain will fortunately dampen the spread of the fire significantly although a thunderstorm or two are possible during the afternoon hours.
Containment has decreased with the growth of the fire along the northern edge. The western and eastern fire boundaries have remained very stable for the past several days. Crews in the southern portion of the fire have been and will continue to strengthen the lines along West End, Turtle Creek and Drum roads working towards the creation of a more secure southern boundary. Mop-up operations will continue in areas around homes and other structures, as will control line improvement south of Springdale-Hunters Road west of Adams Mountain where the fire line has been active lately.
Because the prevailing winds have pushed the fire in a northeasterly direction causing significant regional public concern, a Community Meeting will be held at at the Valley High School located at 3030 Huffman Road in Valley, WA.
The public is reminded to be aware of the need to protect their own welfare. Saturdays high winds have caused some trees to weaken making hazard trees and other overhead hazards continue to be a public concern. Springdale-Hunters Road remains closed. Please call Stevens County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for additional information regarding road closures and evacuation notices in Stevens County. Please call the Spokane Tribal Police for additional information on road closures and evacuation levels on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
For evacuation and road closure information call the following numbers:
Spokane Tribal Police: 509 258-4400
High winds challenged fire containment lines yesterday
Elgin, Ore. – Fortunately, no significant or large areas of fire growth were reported after yesterday’s high winds. An infra-red flight was flown last night recording any heat sources across the fire area. Most of the fire spread was observed in the northern and northeastern part of the fire, within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Fire crews will be assigned tasks today designed to monitor containment lines and continue to construct and improve fire lines around the perimeter of the fire. Other crews will mop-up (extinguish all burning material) near containment lines to further secure suppression efforts.
There were reports yesterday of isolated winds gusts strong enough to blow over a remote weather station and other smaller, unsecured structures, such as tents and portable buildings
The fire lines around the Complex held the fire yesterday during the high wind event, so the evacuation levels were re-evaluated by local law enforcement officials. Along with the recommendation and support from Brian Gales, the Incident Commander of the Washington Incident Management Team 4, some Evacuation Levels have been reduced. The city of Asotin, WA no longer has any Evacuation Level. The area south of the Grande Ronde River, near Flora that was in Level 2 is now at Level 1. The area northeast of the fire, east of Highway 129 in Washington that was at a Level 2 is now at Level 1. The area along the eastern part of the fire, near Troy, OR is now set at a level 1 (ready stage).
National Creek Complex Fire Information
Crater Lake National Park is open. The north and the south entrances are both open. The north entrance road will have firefighters patrolling and working in the area. Park visitors are asked to use caution while driving, reduce speed, keep headlights on and avoid stopping near the fire.
Area Closures: The Umpqua National Forest closure area near Diamond Lake includes the portion south and east of state highway 230 and highway 138. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest opened forest highway 6560 between highway 230 and the Rogue River allowing access to areas north of the river.
State Highway 230 and Highway138 are open to the public and will stay open when conditions are safe. Check with Tripcheck.com or call 511 for current information.
Fire containment is 55 percent. Firefighters have taken advantage of the rain and cooler temperatures to increase the area of containment.
Yesterday’s Activities: There was minimal fire activity, which allowed firefighters to accomplish most of the mopup work on the northern and eastern flanks. There was also extensive mopup work and removal of hose on the western flank.
Today’s Activities: Mopup will continue on the western flank today. A specialized crew will be deployed on the southern flank of the fire to check fire spread using minimal impact suppression tactics. On the west, north and east sides, firefighters will focus on rehab repairing areas disturbed by fireline construction.
Weather: Slight chance of rain this morning of amounts less than 0.10 inch. Mostly cloudy with a high temperature of 66 and a minimum relative humidity of 45%. Winds are SW at 15-20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
Open and Closed:
· Rim Drive and all Crater Lake National Park facilities are open and accessible from both entrances.
· A segment of the Pacific Crest Trail is closed from the north park boundary to the junction with Lightning Springs Trail. A suggested reroute is posted along the trail.
· Area closure are in effect for the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua National Forests near Diamond Lake.
· There are trail closures in Crater Lake National Park and on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Umpqua national forests.
· Diamond Lake and Thielson View campgrounds are accepting reservations. Broken Arrow Campground remains closed.
Donations: Firefighters appreciate the public’s generosity but food donations are discouraged because of the highly specialized diet required. Firefighters appreciate donated stamped postcards from the area that they can send home. Charitable donations may also be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation or the Red Cross.