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Friday, July 25, 2014

7/25/2014 12:00 pm Bridge 99 Complex Update

Friday, July 25, 2014   12:00 p.m.
Incident Information Officer Jeanne KleinE-mail:
Fire Information: (541) 549-3219

Bridge 99 Complex
Changes in Evacuation Levels and Closure Orders

The evacuation levels have been reduced for the Bridge 99 Complex.  All evacuation level II areas have been reduced to a Level I.  All evacuation Level I areas have been eliminated.  The Pacific Crest Trail is now open.  See below for details.

Closure Orders:

The Pacific Crest Trail is now open. 
This is described as a 5-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) described  from south to north as from the Shirley Lake Trail (#4003) junction to near Cathedral Rocks. 

All other closures remain in effect as stated below. 

The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:

Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700 (Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400.  The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness. An area closure has been designated on a map that is available on the Inciweb website listed below.  The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery remains closed to the public.

Evacuation Levels:

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department evacuation orders have changed for the Bridge 99 Complex and are as follows:

Evacuation Level Descriptions:
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.
Level II

(“BE SET” to evacuate):
None in effect
This level indicates there is a significant danger in 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 moments notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
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 III

(“GO” Evacuate NOW):
None in effect
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.
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.
Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are now in a Level I Evacuation Order. All evacuations have been lifted for the Three Rivers Subdivision and the subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park. 

7/25/2014 9:50 am Buzzard and Camp Creek Fire Update

Contact:  Fire Information Office                                               Phone: (541) 493-2105 
Update:   Thursday, July 25, 2014 - 0800


Current Status:The fire is located approximately 9 miles SE of Juntura, OR. Brian J. Watts' Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 assumed command at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Estimated Acreage:                   5,300 acres
Containment:                           40 percent
Cause:                                      Lightning
Date Started:                            7/23/2014
Resources on the Fire:
20-person fire crews:                  3
Helicopters:                               2
Engines:                                    15
Total Personnel:                                     51

Fire Information:
Construct direct and indirect containment lines and mop-up.
Fire is expected to back down slope on south flank.

Fire Weather:
A cool, dry and stable air mass will settle over the Camp Creek Fire, with winds easing through the day.

Current Status:
The Buzzard Complex is currently managed by Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian J. Watts).The fires are located 45 SE of Burns, OR.
Estimated Acreage:                   395,747
Containment:                           95 percent
Cause:                                      Lightning
Date Started:                            7/14/2014
Resources on the Fire:
20-person fire crews:                  3
Helicopters:                               2
Engines:                                    12
Total Personnel:                                     340
Fire Information:
Rehabilitation continued today. ORIIMT4 assumed command of the Camp Creek Fire at 5 p.m. on July 24.
Fire Weather:A cool, dry and stable air mass will settle over the Buzzard Complex, with the winds easing through the day.

Lone Mountain 1 Fire Daily Update 7/25/14

Today's update is attached, and copied below.


Friday, July 25, 2014    

Contact:  Information Desk in Winthrop: 509-996-3624

Public Information Officers: Glenda Scott and Kim Smolt (406-540-3091) in Winthrop, and Peri Suenram in Stehekin (509-699-2080, ext.18).

Please be patient and use all of our lines as we have inconsistent phone coverage.


Cause:  Lightning, July 14, 2014

Location: Boulder Creek drainage, northeast of Stehekin and west of Butte Creek, in the Stephen Mather Wilderness

Jurisdiction:  North Cascades National Park Complex, National Park Service  

Size:  1700 acres

Command:  N. Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team, Diane Hutton, Incident Commander

Strategy: Point protection and modified suppression    



Cool conditions continued to limit fire behavior to creeping surface fire and burnout of dead and downed fuels.  A warming trend is expected to develop over the next few days and fire activity is expected to rebound from the last few days of precipitation over the fire area.


Fuel reduction work and strengthening contingency lines around the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin and the community are complete.  Conditions should permit firefighters to be shuttled by helicopter to War Creek Pass to assess the potential for direct suppression opportunities.


The management team participated in a public meeting in Twisp Thursday evening, to raise awareness of the fire and the long-term plan for its management by the multiple agencies involved.  


The Stehekin village is open for park visitors and Rainbow Falls remains accessible, as does the lakeshore trail.  For public safety, the North Cascades National Park superintendent has closed the Boulder Creek Trail in the Stephen Mather Wilderness.  The Forest Supervisor of the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest has issued an area closure for public safety on National Forest Lands east of the fire area.  The trails along Chelan Lake remain open; however, area closures are in effect above the trails.  The full closure order is posted on inciweb for the Lone Mountain 1 Fire.


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Wallowa Mountains Fire Zone Update as of July 25, 11:30 am

Hi everyone, this maybe the last Update unless conditions change.  I will continue to send out information via my Forest Service email about fires on the Wallowa-Whitman as conditions warrant. You may always call me if you need information about any fire situation.  Thank you and I hope these Updates have been useful for you.

Jodi Kramer
Public Affairs Officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

7/25/2014 Large Fire Map

7/25/2014 NWCC Morning Brief

NWCC Morning Brief: Friday, July 25, 2014           

National Preparedness Level: 3
For the National Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR), see:

In the Northwest (last 24 hrs), light precip occurred over much of Oregon and Washington. High pressure building through the weekend.

National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (169 new fires)
New large fires: 8
Large fires contained: 2
Uncontained large fires: *37
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 15
*Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy

Northwest Preparedness Levels: Today:
3-Day: 5, 10-Day: 4, 30-Day:

Northwest Fire Activity
New fires and acres (Last 24 hrs)
: 40 fires for 31 acres (7,618 acres growth on existing large fires)
OR: 31 fires for 29 acres                                                (Acreage reductions not included.)
WA: 9 fires for 2 acres

Northwest Large Fires
Uncontained Large Fires: 17 (OR:13,WA:4)

IMTs Committed in NW
NIMO Teams committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 5
Type 2 IMTs committed: 12

Incidents not Previously-Reported: 0

Incidents Previously-Reported: 17

Carlton Complex WA-NES-000534. Portland NIMO (Hahnenberg), IMT2 WA Team 2 (Rabe), CA IMT1 (Oplinger), IMT2 WA Team 3 (Allbee). 7 mi S of Twisp, WA. Start 7/14. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 250,489 acres (+231 ac). 55% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Extensive damage to major powerlines. ICP has lost power. Values at risk; communities of Brewster, Malott, Winthrop, Twisp, Chelan, and Okanogan. Level 1 evacuations. Stokes Road, French Creek, and Golden Hike fires have merged. Includes Cougar Flats fire. The fire is broken into 3 zones being managed by 4 IMT's.

Chiwaukum Complex
WA-OWF-000356. IMT1. PNW Team 3 (Lewis). 9 mi NW of Leavenworth, WA. Start 7/15. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 12,255 acres (+0 ac). 25% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Values at risk; cabins, homes, powerlines, logging equipment, T&E species and natural resources. Level 1, 2, and 3 evacuations. Hwy 2 is closed. Washington state fire mob authorized. Includes Chiwaukum Creek, Kelly Mountain and Duncan Ridge fires. This incident is being managed with Mills Canyon. SA IMT1 (Dueitt) mobilizing to incident.

Ochoco Complex
OR-OCF-000390. IMT2. EB Team 6 (Dunford). 17 mi E of Post, OR. Start 7/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 10,195 acres (+0 ac). 59% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Values at risk: structures, grazing land, scenic values and sage grouse habitat. Oscar Canyon and Fox fires have merged and will now be reported as Fox. Complex includes; Lava 191 acres (95% cont), Fox/ Oscar Canyon 9,978 acres (54% cont.), Broadway 5 acres (100% cont), and Antelope Springs 21 acres (100% cont).

Logging Unit Fires
OR-WSA-000070. IMT1 PNW Team 2 (Schulte). 25 mi NW of Warm Springs, OR. Start 7/16. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 10,488 acres (+138 ac). 60% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Includes; Skyline 116 acres (+0 ac), Haily Butte 108 acres (+0 ac), Camas Prairie 6,063 acres (+116ac), Logging Unit 316 acres (+2 ac), and a portion of Bear Butte II 3,884ac (+20 ac).

OR-UMF-014166. IMT2. GB Team 5 (Wilde). 10 mi N of Monument, OR. Start 7/14. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 7,170 acres (+24 ac). 80% containment. Creeping and smoldering.

Pine Creek OR-PRD. MT IMT2 (Fry). The IMT2 is managing 4 incidents in the vicinity of Fossil, OR. Full Suppression. Minimal fire behavior. Includes;
Pine Creek
OR-PRD-000364. 11 mi S of Fossil, OR. Start 7/14. Timber. Lightning. 30,245 acres (+0 ac.), 95% cont.
OR-PRD-000319. 10 mi SE of Antelope, OR. Start 7/13. Grass. 22,763 acres (+0 ac.), 97% cont.
Black Rock OR-PRD-000358. 10 mi E of Antelope, OR. Start 7/14. Grass. 35,938 acres (+207 ac.), 95% cont.
Jack Knife OR-PRD-000290. 8 mi SE of Grass Valley, OR. Start 7/13. Grass. 13,263 acres (+0 ac.), 100% cont.      

Waterman Complex OR-952S-014165. IMT2. OR Team 3 (Johnson, D). 10 mi NE of Mitchell, OR. Start 7/14. Full Suppression. Timber, grass understory. Cause lightning. 12,520 acres (+0 ac). 90% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Steep, inaccessible terrain. Values at risk; recreation infrastructure and natural resources. Area and road closures. Complex includes Bailey Butte (70% cont.), Toney Butte (100% cont.), Junction Springs (100% cont.), Inc 299 and Inc 308.

Bridge 99 Complex
OR-DEF-000329. IMT2. OR Team 2 (Fillis). 20 mi N of Sisters, OR. Start 7/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 5,960 acres (+0 ac). 67% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Level 2 evacuations. Forest and road closures. Values at risk; residences and structures. Forest and road closures in effect. Includes Bridge 99 and a portion of Bear Butte II fires.

Shaniko Butte
OR-WSA-000056. IMT2. OR Team 1 (Williams). 15 mi N of Warm Springs, OR. Start 7/12. Full Suppression. Grass and brush. Cause lightning. 42,044 acres (+1,469 ac). 85% containment. Minimal fire behavior.

Bingham Complex
OR-WIF-140090. IMT2. WA Team 4 (Nickey). 5 mi E of Marion Forks, OR. Start 7/13. Full Suppression. Timber. Cause lightning. 452 acres (+0 ac). 50% containment. Minimal fire behavior, smoldering. Values at risk; structures, commercial property, T&E species and natural resources. Includes; Bingham Ridge 275 ac. (+0 ac), Lizard  175 ac. (+0 ac), Inc 152 (2 ac), Inc 162 (0.10 ac).

Mills Canyon WA-SES-000267. IMT1. PNW Team 3 (Lewis). 2 mi SW of Entiat, WA. Start 7/8. Full Suppression. Grass, brush and timber. Cause unknown. 22,571 acres (+0 ac). 95% containment. Creeping and smoldering. Steep, inaccessible terrain. Values at risk; residences.

Buzzard Complex
OR-BUD-004111. IMT2. OR Team 4 (Watts). 45 mi NE of Burns, OR. Start 7/14. Full Suppression. Grass and brush. Cause lightning. 395,747 acres (+0 ac). 95% containment. Minimal fire behavior, continue rehab. Steep, inaccessible terrain. Includes Buzzard  282,801 ac, (+0 ac) 90% cont, Bartlet 728 ac (+0 ac) 100% cont, Lamb Ranch, Beaver Creek 22,863 ac (+0 ac) 100% cont, Twin Reservior 10,355 ac (+0 ac) 100% cont, and Saddle Draw 79,000 ac (+0) 100% cont. Also managing Camp Creek:

Camp Creek OR-VAD-000093. IMT2. OR Team 4 (Watts).  11 mi SE of Juntura, OR. Start 7/23. Full Suppression. Brush. Cause lightning. 5,300 acres. (+1,300 ac) 40% containment. Moderate fire behavior. Values at risk; rangeland.

Kitten Complex OR-CAD-000098. NR IMT1 (Poncin). Northwestern Malheur Co. Start 7/25. Full Suppression. Brush. Cause lightning. 20, 664 acres. 0% containment. Active fire behavior, running. Values at risk; powerlines, ranches, habitat. Includes Kitten Canyon 3,802 ac (+1,402), 0% cont, Juniper 1,266 ac (+266), 0% cont, Stemler 4,687 ac (+487), 0% cont, Brogan Hill 10, 909 ac (+1,909), 0% cont.

Rye Valley OR-VAD-000097. ODF Team 3 IMT2 (Thorpe). 15 mi NW of Huntington, OR. Start 7/23. Full Suppression. Brush. Cause lightning. 1,392 acres (+392 ac). 0% containment. Active fire behavior, running.

Center OR-PRD-000297. ICT3 (Priest). 3 mi NE of Post, OR. Start 7/13. Full Suppression. Timber and grass. Cause lightning. 2,515 acres (+0 ac) 50% containment. No observed fire behavior. Values at risk; nature conservancy land.

Hurricane Creek OR-WWF-000477. ICT3 (Hale). 5 mi SW of Joseph, OR. Start 7/14. Multiple Suppression Strategies (Monitor/Confine/Full Suppression). Timber. Cause lightning. 502 acres (-143 ac). 20% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Road, trail and campground closures. Values at risk; Hurricane Creek trail, campgrounds, and roadways.

Lone Mountain 1
WA-NCP-000018.  IMT2 MT Team (Hutton). 3 mi N of Stehekin, WA. Start 7/14. Multiple Suppression Strategies (Confine/Point Zone Protection). Timber. Cause lightning. 1,700 acres (+0 ac). 0% containment. Stephen Mather Wilderness. Minimal fire behavior. Potential threat to national forest lands.

Other Large Fires of Interest: 1

Not managed under NWCC. Not included in Uncontained Large Fires summary totals above.

Malt, ICT4 (Wilson). CA-NOD-003320. 26 miles E of Fort Bidwell, CA. Start 7/24. Full Suppression. Cause lightning. Brush. 1,400 acres. 60% cont. NV origin. Crossed NV/OR and GACC boundaries. (approximately 90% acres in OR; approximately 10% acres NV). Minimal fire behavior. Values at risk; habitat, cultural/heritage resources.

Northwest Weather Highlights / Fire Potential

High pressure will start to rebuild Friday on through the weekend into next week for a warming and drying trend. Next lightning episode likely by Sunday or Monday extending through the much of next week
NW 7-Day Significant Fire Potential Forecast
Nat'l 7-Day Significant Fire Potential Forecast

7/25/2014 AM Ochoco Complex Fire Update

Ochoco Complex Fire Update
July 25, 2014
Fire Information:  541-416-0286; 541-447-6859

Start Date
Percent Containment
Total Personnel
July 13, 2014

Summary: Lightning swept across the area July 13 starting many fires across the Forest and neighboring BLM land.  Four of these fires are now being managed as the Ochoco Complex.  Great Basin Management Team 6, under the direction of Incident Commander Tracy Dunford assumed command of the fire at 6 pm, July 19, 2014. 
·         Antelope Springs Fire: Located near Antelope Spring, about 3 miles east of Forest Road 22 along Forest Road 900, near the Forest’s northern border -  21 acres, 100% contained; Broadway Fire: Located south of Forest Road 22, near Peterson Lava -  5 acres, 100% contained; Fox Fire: Located approximately 3 miles northwest of the North Fork Wilderness Study Area, near Forest Road 4230 and 17 miles east of Post, Oregon -  9,978 acres, 54% contained; Lava Fire: Located near the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 4210, near the northwest corner of Big Summit Prairie - 191 acres, 95% contained.

Current Situation: Firefighters made good progress on the Lava Fire yesterday, and expect to have it fully contained by end of shift today.  On the north side of the Fox Fire crews and engines continued to build and strengthen line, mopping up 100 feet inside the lines. On the west side of the Fox Fire, dozer lines were established in the mixed conifer to contain fire spread.  Crews and engines worked the stringers along the North Fork of the Crooked River, mopping up the underburn.  Helicopters dropped water on the fire front all day yesterday, and will continue today.

Although the cooler weather and additional resources have allowed for good containment progress on the Fox Fire, the potential for interior tree torching that can cause spot fires outside the line perimeter is a concern as the temperature increases and humidity levels go down.

Closures:  A Closure Order is in effect, but has been reduced in size (for the full closure order and map, visit Inciweb at;  and all open fires are now prohibited on the Prineville District of  BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, and the Crooked River National Grasslands, except in designated campgrounds.  For more information, visit

7/25/2014 8:00 am Rye Valley Fire

Rye Valley Fire

Morning Update
July 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m.



Fire At A Glance

Favorable weather conditions allowed fire crews to make substantial progress on the Rye Valley Fire near Huntington in eastern Oregon.

Crews and bulldozers have constructed containment lines completely around the 1,392 acre fire. A Type II helicopter (medium size), a large air tanker and three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) provided air support to the crews on the ground. Today’s actions call for strengthening those lines and beginning mop up operations from the perimeter towards the interior. The fire is currently 20 percent contained.

The fire is burning in grass, brush and juniper on public and private lands within the Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District and Oregon Department of Forestry’s Northeast Oregon District. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 is directing the suppression effort.

Cooperating agencies include BLM, Baker County Emergency Management, Burnt River Rangeland Protection Association and the City of Huntington.


Size: 1,392 acres

Location: 15 miles NW of Huntington

Containment: 20%

Cause: Lightning

Fuels: Grass, brush, timber

Personnel: 159
Air Tankers: 3 SEATs
Helicopters: 1
Engines:  8
Water Tenders: 2
Dozers: 3

Estimated Cost:

Evacuations: None

Structures: 0


Announcements: None

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