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Monday, September 1, 2014

9/01/2014 Deception Complex Fire Update

Fire Information Line: 541.782.5359

Happy Labor Day! The community of Oakridge and the surrounding forest is open to recreationists with the exception of the closure order associated with the Deception Complex. We invite you to come enjoy the beautiful fall weather on the Willamette National Forest. The Waldo Lake Wilderness Area closure on the Willamette National Forest has been lifted.

A community meeting to provide a fire update is scheduled at Green Waters Park in Oakridge at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Local communities and surrounding areas can expect to see smoke in the next couple of days associated with planned burnout operations. This strategy will strengthen containment lines for the Deception Complex while keeping firefighter and public safety a top priority.


Two new smoke monitors are now in place at Middle Fork Ranger Station and Dexter in addition to the smoke monitor in Oakridge; information from the monitors is incorporated in the daily Deception Complex smoke forecast which is posted at www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com


Starting at midnight tonight, the closure order for the Deception Complex will be adjusted. The Larison Trail will be opened and the Patterson Road (Forest Road 5840) will be closed. The rest of the closure order will remain in place. 


Fire managers are working closely with local natural resource advisors to identify helispots, drop points, weed wash operations, and suppression repair standards to keep any impacts associated with the suppression operations to a minimum.

Motorists traveling Highway 58 are advised to proceed with caution near the community of Oakridge today due to increased traffic association with holiday travelers, hunters and fire equipment working on the Deception Complex.


Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, Middle Fork Ranger Station and houses along La Duke Road remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.
Deception Complex Operations Summary:

Today on the N/NE flank of the Deception, crews, engines and heavy equipment are working along Forest Road 5847 to improve fire line and further establish a contingency line. On the E flank, firefighters are mopping up and constructing contingency fire line N on the ridge E of Forest Road 5850, utilizing equipment and hand crews. Crews will also continue to mop up on direct line in the area. On the SE flank, crews, engines and water tenders will improve fire line on Forest Road on the 5850, conducting a burnout if necessary. On the S flank, crews, engines and a chipper will continue to improve line and clean up slash along the 5850 Road. On the SW flank, crews, engines and falling modules are holding and improving line and firing, if necessary. Firefighters are also preparing Forest Road 1714 for burnout.

On the Pool Creek Fire, the fire is transitioning to aerial patrol. On the Davey Fire, crews, engines and heavy equipment continue to mop up, utilize Palm IRs to detect residual heat, patrol and start rehab on dozer lines.

On the Staley Fire, firefighters are monitoring fire activity along the ridge and upper slope and will continue to prep alternative control lines. A heavy duty sprinkler system is being utilized cool fire as backs towards the line. Crews will continue to patrol, mop up and secure perimeter utilizing palm IR from the 332 Road down to and along the 300 Road.

Air Operations Summary

Currently, five heavy helicopters, three light helicopters and two air attack platforms are assigned to the Deception Complex. The air operations group is currently working on checking and refining medivac site locations.

FIRE FACTS:
  • A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the Deception Fires 272, 274 and 278; a military training Route (R346) has been closed due to the TFR.
Oakridge Airport
  • Closed to civilian air traffic; currently serving as the helibase for the Deception Complex
Willamette National Forest Area & Trail Closures:
  • There are two closures on the Willamette NF association with the Deception Complex and the Staley Fire. The Deception Complex closure is an area, road and trail closure that currently includes the Lawler, Deception and Larison Rock Trails; Larison will be open starting midnight tonight. The Staley Fire closure is an area and road closure. 
Umpqua National Forest Closure:
  • There is an area, road and trail closure SW of the Deception Complex. The 17 Road is open to Spirit Falls.
Check Inciweb for full closure information, including maps: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/ or visit the Willamette National Forest at http://www.fs.usda.gov/WILLAMETTE or the Umpqua National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua.
                                                                                                            
Deception Complex: Started: August 12, 2014 Cause: Lightning Location: Two miles west of Oakridge, Oregon.
           
SAFETY CONCERNS: Driving hazards, including increased traffic along Highway 58, wildlife in the area, smoke and poor visibility, depending on fire and burnout activity.

RESOURCE CONCERNS: Threatened and endangered species, including northern spotted owls and bull trout; timber resources, impacts to recreation opportunities, threatened communities of Oakridge and Westfir, municipal watershed of Westfir.

WEATHER: Monday mostly clear with temperatures mid to high 70s.  Humidities ranging from 25-35% and winds on ridgetops NW 3-5 mph in the morning increasing to 6-9 mph in the afternoon.  Tuesday will be partly cloudy with increasing clouds in the evening.  Expect slightly cooler temperatures and increased humidity on Tuesday as moisture moves in ahead of the approaching cold front.  The front is timed to move south across the area late Tuesday night, with the main effect being gusty W-NW winds.  No measurable precipitation is anticipated with the frontal passage. 

TODAY'S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire behavior will be fairly minimal; expect today to be a good drying day. Steep slopes will continue the threat of "rollouts". Isolated torching is possible if surface fuels have pre-heated under the canopy. Surface fuels continue to consume through the night. Most of the fires in the entire complex have burned in a mosaic pattern. While this pattern is natural, it can be dangerous for firefighters because the potential for fire to rapidly run through green "stringers" of vegetation is present.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Willamette National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Umpqua National Forest, Lane County, Oakridge/Hazeldell Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, Bureau of Reclamation, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

Total Acres: 2,218
Containment: 55%
Total Personnel: 1,009


9/01/2014 - 790 Fire Update

The 790 Fire is located 10 miles southeast of Prospect, Oregon and is burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The fire is being fought with the objective of immediate full suppression, using tactics suitable to management objectives in the wilderness including utilizing natural barriers and containment lines.

Yesterday’s Operations – Nearly 440 firefighters are “spiked out”—living in very elementary temporary camps—around the perimeter of the fire close to the fireline. Helicopters supported firefighters in the wilderness by dropping water on hotspots and supplying eight spike camps. Pack strings of mules were used to deliver supplies and to move campsites as the work shifts. The fire continued to burn with isolated areas of intense heat. Helicopters were very effective in keeping these areas from developing into larger, faster moving fires, allowing firefighters to continue with direct attack on the perimeter. 

Firefighters continued extending a hose network across the northern and southern flanks and building fireline directly against the fire’s edge. Firefighters strengthened lines on the east flank and “mopped up”—applying water to the burned area next to the fireline to extinguish all heat. Several mobile pump/tank combination modules were flown into the Wilderness and were resupplied by helicopter, allowing firefighters to avoid using water from sensitive lakes that are already drought stressed. Clearing of material continued on indirect contingency lines in roaded areas outside the wilderness.

Weather and Fire Behavior –Firefighters expect drier air today with winds from the northwest to north on ridges. Very dry fuels could contribute to active fire spread with group tree torching and short-range spotting. A continued trend toward drier air and slightly higher temperatures will increase the potential for active fire behavior over the next several days.

Today’s Operations – Firefighters will continue direct suppression and mop-up in the wilderness using natural fuel breaks such as rock outcrops and building fireline where possible. Indirect tactics will be used outside of the wilderness including continued clearing and preparing existing roads to be used as containment lines, should they be needed.

Closures - The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park south to Highway 140. In addition, other trails near the fire area are closed within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. An area closure remains in effect around the fire. These closures are for both firefighter and public safety. Hunters and recreationalists need to be aware of the very dry conditions and take precautions.

Pacific Crest Trail information is available at http://www.pcta.org/ .


There is especially heavy fire traffic on the Westside Road between Short Creek and Malone Springs Roads. The public is advised to drive cautiously when traveling near fire operations during this busy holiday weekend.

9/01/2014 Lost Hubcab Fire Update

Hand crews and dozers will continue the hard work of completing a line around the fire perimeter today. There is approximately 2.25 of the 14.25 miles of line left to construct.


Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. Other fire fighters used hand held palm IR (infra-red) units that detect heat buried deep in the ground. Heat spots are marked for day fire fighters to dig out and extinguish.

On the east side of the fire, fire fighters will begin the next stage: mop-up. Mop-up involves fire fighters digging out hot spots and extinguishing all remaining heat. Mop-up starts along the perimeter and moves toward the center of the fire. Crews are working toward extinguishing 100% of all smokes in a 100 ft. zone in the grass/brush, 300 ft in the timber and fall all snags within 500 ft.

At morning briefing, Day Operations Chief Joe Hessel directed the crews to “Dig deep and do thorough mop-up the first time”. Once hot spots are dug out, the spot is marked to be rechecked at least twice.

There have been no injuries to incident fire fighters.

The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.
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09/01/2014 NWCC Morning Brief

National Preparedness Level: 2 For the National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR), see: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

Summary:
In the Northwest (last 24 hrs), there was no lightning and minimal precipitation.
Initial attack activity was light.

National Fire Activity Initial attack activity:
Light (47 new fires)
New large fires: *1
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: *8
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 5
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1
*Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Northwest Preparedness Levels: Today:
33-Day: 2, 10-Day: 2, 30-Day: 1

Northwest Fire Activity
New fires and acres (Last 24 hrs)
: 6 fires for 0 acres (
5acres growth on existing large fires*)
OR: 2 fires for 0 acres
WA: 4 fires for 0 acres
*[acreage reductions not included]


Northwest Large Fires
Uncontained Large Fires: *6 (OR:6,WA:0)
*[complexes tallied as 1 fire]


IMTs Committed in NWNIMO Teams committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1

Incidents not Previously-Reported: 0
Incidents Previously-Reported: 6

Deception / Staley Complex OR-WIF-140274. IMT1. PNW Team 2 (Schulte) / ODF (Holloway). 2 mi W of Oakridge, OR. Start 8/12. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 2,218 acres (+0 ac). 55% containment. Progress continuing on control lines. Preparing for burn out operations. Low to moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering, slow spread rates, and isolated tree torching. Cooler temperatures and gusty west/northwest winds expected. No precipitation expected. Steep, rocky and rugged terrain. Values at risk; timber, municipal watershed, T & E species, recreation. Forest road closures. IA responsibility for 750,000 acre area. (81 confirmed fires). Includes; Deception 1,916 acres (+0 ac.), Staley 250 acres (+0 ac.), Davey 30 acres (+0 ac.), Green Lake/Spirit 34 acres (+0 ac.), Pool Creek 22 acres (+0 ac.), and miscellaneous IA fires totaling 61 acres. Unified command between the US Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Lost Hubcap OR-952S-014464. IMT1. ODF Team 2 (Cline). 8 mi SW of Monument, OR. Start 8/29. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause unknown. 2,984 acres (+0 ac). 25% containment. Good progress on control lines. Mop up has begun on north and east edges. Fire behavior may increase with drying fuels and winds expected to increase with the cold dry weather front moving into the region. Structure protection in place.

790 Fire OR-RSF-140790. IMT2. OR Team 2 (Fillis). 30 mi NE of Medford, OR. Start 7/31. Multiple Suppression Strategies (Monitor 50%, Full Suppression 50%). Timber. Cause lightning. 2,277 acres (+5 ac.). 11% containment. Minimal spread, isolated torching observed. Warmer, drier, breezy conditions will continue with potential for increasing fire behavior to moderate levels. Area and trail closures in effect.

Bald Sisters OR-MAF-014295.IMT3 (Bishop). 12 mi E of Prairie City, OR. Start 8/2.Confine. Timber. Cause lightning. 1,238 acres (+0 ac). 0% containment.Smoldering. Indirect firelines complete. Long term strategy. Extremely steep and rocky terrain.

Somers OR-WWF-000793. IMT4. 15 mi E of Imnaha, OR. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Grass. Cause lightning. 36,185 acres (+0 ac). 78% containment. Creeping and smoldering with isolated interior torching. Partly cloudy, cooler, breezy conditions forecasted.Values at risk; ranches and historic structures. No new update from yesterday’s report.

South Fork Complex OR-PRD-000649. IMT3 (Brock). 20 mi S of John Day, OR. Start 8/1. Full Suppression. Cause lightning. 66,179 acres (+0 ac). 97% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Minimal fire growth expected. Mop up and suppression repair ongoing. Values at risk; residences, ranches, timber, T&E species, communication site, cultural and recreation resources. Campgrounds and trail closures remain in effect.

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).

Northwest Weather Highlights / Fire Potential:
Dry and stable northwesterly flow over the region today. A weather disturbance will move in Tuesday giving winds to central WA/OR and a likelihood of showers mainly to Washington. There could be a few wet thunderstorms as well. After a lingering shower or two in Eastern Washington on Wednesday, dry and stable northwesterly flow will resume with continued benign fire weather.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

8/31/2014 Deception Complex Fire Information Update

Fire Information Line: 541.782.5359

Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Chris Schulte) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (Ross Holloway) took over management of the Deception Complex at 6:00 a.m. this morning under Unified Command.

The Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry initial attack firefighting resources did an excellent job in suppressing approximately 90 fire starts associated with lightning activity in July and August.  The Deception Complex represents only a very few of the numerous fires that firefighters successfully suppressed. If you get a chance, please thank your local firefighters for their hard work.

The remote weather station located near the Deception Fire recorded 1/4" of rain received yesterday. The fire area received 100% humidity recovery overnight.  A gradual warming trend is starting today through Tuesday. By Thursday, weather is predicted to return to a very warm and dry pattern.
      
Air quality is expected to be moderate today due to a clearing of smoke associated with the precipitation received.

Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, Middle Fork Ranger Station and houses along La Duke Road remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.

Road and area closures are in affect; see below. The Waldo Lake Wilderness Area closure on the Willamette National Forest has been lifted.

Deception Complex Operations Summary:
Today on the NE flank, hotshot crews, engines and heavy equipment will continue work on contingency lines and mop up activities. On the E flank, hand crews will improve fireline, and prep for burnout if necessary, along the 5850 Road. On the W flank, crews and heavy equipment are holding and improving line south to the junction of the 1740/1790 Roads. On the N flank, crews and engines are improving hand and dozer line into Deception Creek off the 547 spur road.

On the Pool and Davey Fires, crews and engines are continuing with rehab on dozer lines, mop up activities, (utilizing infrared devices (palm IR) for heat detection purposes), and patrol.  The greatest concentration of heat is along the N flank of the fire; however, helicopters have been making good progress cooling this area utilizing water bucket drops, and a heavy duty sprinkler system is also in place.
On the Staley Fire, engines, crews and heavy equipment continue to monitor fire activity along the upper ridge, prep contingency lines along the 335 Road, and patrol, mop up and secure perimeter utilizing palm IR from the 332 Road down to and along the 300 Road.

Air Operations Summary
Currently, four heavy helicopters, three light helicopters and two air attack platforms are assigned to the Deception Complex.  Last night's infrared flight was cancelled due to cloud cover.

FIRE FACTS:
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the Deception Fires 272, 274 and 278; a military training Route (R346) has been closed due to the TFR.

Oakridge Airport
Closed to civilian air traffic; currently serving as the helibase for the Deception Complex

Willamette National Forest Area & Trail Closures:
There are two closures on the Willamette NF association with the Deception Complex and the Staley Fire.  The Deception Complex closure is an area, road and trail closure that includes the Lawler, Deception and Larison Rock Trails.  The Staley Fire closure is an area and road closure.
 
Umpqua National Forest Closure:
There is an area, road and trail closure adjacent to the Deception Creek drainage and SW of the Deception Complex.

Check Inciweb for full closure information, including maps: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/ or visit the Willamette National Forest at http://www.fs.usda.gov/WILLAMETTE or the Umpqua National Forest website.

Deception Complex: Started: August 12, 2014 Cause: Lightning Location: Two miles west of Oakridge, Oregon.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Slick surfaces, increased traffic along Highway 58 associated with the holiday, recreationists nearby, large hazardous snags, steep, rocky terrain and rolling debris.
RESOURCE CONCERNS: Threatened and endangered species, including northern spotted owls and bull trout; timber resources, impacts to recreation opportunities, threatened communities of Oakridge and Westfir, municipal watershed of Westfir.
WEATHER: Expect slightly warmer temperatures today along with lower humidity levels and clearing skies.  Winds will generally be out of the NW. W to E oriented drainages will experience occasional NW gusts to 12 mph after 12 noon. Today's temperatures will range from lower to mid 70s with relative humidities lower to mid 40s.

TODAY'S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Minimal due to precipitation received, today is a good day for firefighters to make progress with mop up activities in the heavy fuels. Heavier fuel concentrations are still dry enough to completely consume.  Steep slopes will continue the threat of "roullouts". Isolated torching is possible if surface fuels have pre-heated under the canopy.  Overall fire behavior will primarily be creeping and smoldering.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Willamette National Forest, Oregon Department of Forestry, Umpqua National Forest, Lane County, Oakridge/Hazeldell Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Police, Bureau of Reclamation, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

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Gmail account has changed to: DeceptionComplex@gmail.com

8/31/2014 - 790 Fire Update

Fire Information: (206) 947-9729
 


The 790 Fire is being fought with the objective of immediate full suppression, using tactics suitable to management objectives in the Sky Lakes Wilderness including utilizing natural barriers and containment lines. 

Location-The 790 Fire is located 10 miles southeast of Prospect, Oregon and is burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
 

Yesterday’s Operations - Helicopters supported firefighters in the wilderness by dropping water on hotspots and supplying eight spike camps. Pack strings of mules were used to deliver supplies to firefighters in the wilderness area. Firefighters continued extending a hose network across the northern and southern flanks and building fireline directly against the fire’s edge. Helicopter rappel crews were added to the western flank and constructed a helicopter landing area to bring in additional crews and equipment. Firefighters strengthened lines on the east flank and “mopped up”—applying water to the burned area next to the fireline to extinguish all heat. Clearing of material continued on indirect contingency lines in roaded areas outside the Wilderness on the east and west sides. 

Weather and Fire Behavior – Firefighters expect drier air today with winds from the northwest to north on ridges. An inversion is likely to build over the fire today. Very dry fuels could contribute to active fire spread with group tree torching and short-range spotting. 

Today’s Operations – Firefighters will continue direct suppression and mop-up in the wilderness using natural fuel breaks such as rock outcrops and building fireline where possible. Indirect tactics will be used outside of the wilderness including continued clearing and prepping existing roads to be used as containment lines, should they be needed. 

Closures - The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park south to Highway 140. In addition, other trails near the fire area are closed within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. An area closure remains in effect around the fire. These closures are for both firefighter and public safety. Hunters and recreationalists need to be aware of the very dry conditions and take precautions on this busy Labor Day weekend. Current restrictions and closure information is located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/notices/?cid=STELPRD3814604

Pacific Crest Trail information is available at http://www.pcta.org/. 

The public is advised to drive cautiously when traveling near fire operations during this busy holiday weekend.

8/31/2014 Lost Hubcap Fire Update

Last night an infra-red flight was flown that mapped the perimeter of the fire and detected the hot spots for the fire fighters to focus on today. The mapping unit mapped the fire at 2,984 acres. There was minimal growth in the fire size since Saturday night.


The fire perimeter is mapped at 14.23 miles.


Yesterday’s approximate half inch of rain helped the fire fighters efforts by wetting the fuels and extinguishing light smokes. No rain is forecasted for today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will keep the fire activity to a minimum. 


Fire fighters will focus on completing the fireline around the entire perimeter today, mostly on the west side. Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel stated “Today’s mission is clear – with a good day of hard work, we can fill in the gaps and get a line tied around this fire”. 


On portions of the fire where the line is completed, crews will begin to lay hose and fittings in preparation for the next phase: mop-up. 



There have been zero injuries to incident fire fighters. 



The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, OR.

Fire Information: 541-421-3039

8/31/2014 NWCC Morning Brief

National Preparedness Level: 2

For the National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR), see:
http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf

Summary:
In the Northwest (last 24 hrs), scattered lightning in Northeast Oregon with light precipitation. Light to moderate rain in many areas on the west side of Oregon and Washington.
Initial attack activity was light.

National Fire Activity Initial attack activity:
Light (52 new fires)
New large fires: *0
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires: *8
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 5
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3
*Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Northwest Preparedness Levels: Today:
33-Day: 2, 10-Day: 2, 30-Day: 1

Northwest Fire Activity
New fires and acres (Last 24 hrs)
: 5 fires for 2 acres (637 acres growth on existing large fires*)
OR: 2 fires for 0 acres
WA: 3 fires for 2 acres
*[acreage reductions not included]


Northwest Large Fires
Uncontained Large Fires: *6 (OR:6,WA:0)
*[complexes tallied as 1 fire]

IMTs Committed in NW
NIMO Teams committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2

Incidents not Previously-Reported: 0
Incidents Previously-Reported: 6

Deception / Staley Complex OR-WIF-140274. IMT1. PNW Team 2 (Schulte) / ODF (Holloway). 2 mi W of Oakridge, OR. Start 8/12. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 2,218 acres (+141 ac). 55% containment. Low to moderate fire behavior. Progress continuing on strengthening control lines. Light precipitation received, moderating fire behavior. Cooler temps, higher humidity expected. Steep, rocky and rugged terrain. Values at risk; timber, municipal watershed, T & E species, recreation. Forest road closures. IA responsibility for 750,000 acre area. (81 confirmed fires). Includes; Deception 1,916 acres (+149 ac.), Staley 250 acres (+1 ac.), Davey 30 acres (+0 ac.), Green Lake/Spirit 34 acres (+0 ac.), Pool Creek 22 acres (+0 ac.), and miscellaneous IA fires totaling 61 acres. Unified command between the US Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry.

Lost Hubcap OR-952S-014464. IMT1. ODF Team 2 (Cline). 8 mi SW of Monument, OR. Start 8/29. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause unknown. 2,984 acres (+484 ac). 10% containment. Area received rain that moderated fire behavior. Steep, unstable slopes and slick road conditions from heavy showers. Warm, dry conditions expected to return today. Structure protections in place. 

790 Fire OR-RSF-140790. IMT2. OR Team 2 (Fillis). 30 mi NE of Medford, OR. Start 7/31. Multiple Suppression Strategies (Monitor 50%, Full Suppression 50%). Timber. Cause lightning. 2,272 acres (+12 ac.). 5% containment. Higher humidity and cooler temperatures moderated fire behavior. Expected warming and drying, but breezy conditions will continue. Area and trail closures in effect. 

Bald Sisters OR-MAF-014295.IMT3 (Bishop). 12 mi E of Prairie City, OR. Start 8/2.Confine. Timber. Cause lightning. 1,238 acres (+0 ac). 0% containment.Smoldering. Indirect firelines complete. Long term strategy. Extremely steep and rocky terrain. 

Somers OR-WWF-000793. IMT4. 15 mi E of Imnaha, OR. Start 8/4. Full Suppression. Grass. Cause lightning. 36,185 acres (+0 ac). 78% containment. Creeping and smoldering with isolated interior torching. Partly cloudy, cooler, breezy conditions forecasted.Values at risk; ranches and historic structures. 

South Fork Complex OR-PRD-000649. IMT3 (Brock). 20 mi S of John Day, OR. Start 8/1. Full Suppression. Cause lightning. 66,179 acres (+0 ac). 96% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Minimal fire growth expected. Mop up and suppression repair ongoing. Values at risk; residences, ranches, timber, T&E species, communication site, cultural and recreation resources. Campgrounds and trail closures remain in effect.
 
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).

Northwest Weather Highlights / Fire Potential:
There will be a few lingering showers today as the upper trough departs the region today. Gusty west winds can still be expected over much of the east side, but should decrease throughout the day. Temperatures will be cooler than usual with elevated humidity. Fire danger indices over the region will decrease for the next few days as a result of the cooler weather. Another upper level tough will again bring cooler weather Tuesday and Wednesday. Then a warming and drying trend is expected late in the week.

NW 7-Day Significant Fire Potential Forecast
Nat’l 7-Day Significant Fire Potential Forecast

Saturday, August 30, 2014

8/30/2014 - 790 Fire Update

Fire Information: (206) 947-9729

Location-The 790 Fire is located 10 miles southeast of Prospect, Oregon and is burning in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

Yesterday’s Operations - Crews continued to hold the northeast and southeast flanks of the fire. Helicopters supported firefighters in the wilderness by dropping water on hotspots and supporting supply distribution to spike camps. Small fixed wing aircraft (scoopers) supported firefighters by dropping water on the fire. Water was scooped out of Lost Creek Lake nearby. Pack strings of mules are also used to deliver supplies to firefighters in the wilderness area.

Weather and Fire Behavior - A dry cold front will bring northwest winds, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity today. Clouds are expected to increase along and west of the Cascade crest. An inversion is likely to bring very dry air to the fire area. Fire behavior includes pockets of surface fire spread developing and isolated torching in the sub-alpine areas. Short range spotting, especially on the steeper slopes could occur with higher winds.

Today’s Operations - Multiple strategies will be used including direct suppression in the wilderness using natural fuel breaks such as rock outcrops. Indirect tactics will be used outside of the wilderness including clearing and prepping existing roads to potentially be used as containment lines, should they be needed.

The eastern perimeter of the fire will continue to be mopped up (extinguishing burning material well into the fire line). On the north and south flanks of the fire, crews are laying hose in support of direct fire suppression efforts.

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire today. A new base of operations (Incident Command Post) has been established at Buck Mountain Ranch located just east of Prospect.
 
Closures - The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from the south boundary of Crater Lake National Park south to Highway 140. In addition, other trails near the fire area are closed within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. An area closure remains in effect around the fire. These closures are for both firefighter and public safety. Hunters and recreationalists need to be aware of the very dry conditions and take precautions on this busy Labor Day weekend. Current restrictions and closure information is located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/rogue-siskiyou/notices/?cid=STELPRD3814604

For additional Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4095

8/30/2014 Deception Complex Lowers Evacuation Levels to 1


The areas (previously in Level 2) of Deception Creek Mobile Park, Middle Fork Ranger District and residents along LaDuke Rd. have been lowered to Level 1.

This means Level I (“BE READY” for a 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.