OR WILDFIRE: 36PitFire in Mt. Hood National Fire [Update]

FIRE LOCATION

  • 8 miles East of Estcada
  • Along hwy 224
  • Along Clackamas River
  • Mt. Hood National Forest

Map of fire area [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

Map of fire area [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Start 9/13/2014
  • 1500 hours
  • Cause under investigation

Firefighters conducting a burnout operation. [Photo Credit:  36PitFire IMT]

Firefighters conducting a burnout operation. [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

CONDITIONS – HAZARDS

  • Heavy deep fuels
  • Extremely steep terrain in excess of 60-degrees
  • Footing difficulties
  • Rolling debris
  • Weakened trees

Another look at Firefighters conducting Burnout operations [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

Another look at Firefighters conducting Burnout operations [Photo Credit: 36PitFire IMT]

FIRE STATUS

  • 5101 acres
  • 45% containment

View seen from Hwy 224, approximately 4 miles from Estacada [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

View seen from Hwy 224, approximately 4 miles from Estacada [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

September 20, 2014 – Saturday

  • Fire increased on 9/20
  • Change in weather conditions; unfavorable
  • Major wind event – E gusting to 40 mph
  • Dry relative humidity
  • Increased temps
  • Lines tests but most held
  • Others held from Firefighters hard work past week
  • Fire crossed to W of S Fork of Clackamas River
  • Fire up against 45 Rd / Hillock Burn Rd
  • Firefighters worked through out night building fire line, holding fire, patrolling & watching for hot spots

Retardant Plane [very tiny in middle of photo] dropping above 36PitFire [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Retardant Plane [very tiny in middle of photo] dropping above 36PitFire [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

September 21, 2014 – Sunday

  • Expected to be active
  • Significant smoke will be visible
  • Mop-up in process for NW, Northern & Southern perimters
  • Hold & secure fire lines
  • Using Palm IRS, heat detection device for mapping & ID hot spots
  • Helo coming in later afternoon with FLIR to locate hot spots

Carter Bridge [Photo Credit;  D Strand via inciweb]

Carter Bridge [Photo Credit; D Strand via inciweb]

RESOURCES

  • 1048 personnel
  • Includes 12 Elite Hotshot hand crews
  • 17 States represented:  AK, CA, ID, WA, IN, MI, MO, WV, MT, NV, OR, WI, PA, RI, UT, WY
  • Helos:  (2) Type 1 Heavy, (1) Type 2 Medium and (1) Type 3.

"Group Tree Torching" by Heidi Brown, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

“Group Tree Torching” by Heidi Brown, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 Evacuation Order – “Leave Now”

  • Hillockburn Rd – 4 structures

OR Fire Marshal Engines by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

OR Fire Marshal Engines by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Level 2 Evacuation Order – “Ready to Leave at a Moment’s Notice”

  • Hillockburn Rd – 6 structures
  • E of Habelt Rd to Skinner Rd – all homes
  • Skinner Rd E of Habelt Rd – all homes
  • E side of Kinzy Rd – all homes
  • N or Skinner Rd – all homes
  • Brief Rd – all homes
  • SE Fall Creek Rd – all homes
  • Michaels Rd – all homes
  • Tumala Mtn Rd E of Divers Rd in Estacada – all homes

"Group Trees Torching" by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

“Group Trees Torching” by Kevin Albright, Photographer [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Level 1 Evacuation Order – “Be Ready”

  • Hillockburn Rd W of Habelt Rd to Dodge Church – all homes
  • Pederson Rd – all homes

Fire Operations on 9/16/2014. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Fire Operations on 9/16/2014. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

CLOSURES

  • Lazy Bend Camp
  • Promontory Park
  • LaDee OHV area

Smoke visible from Hwy 224. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

Smoke visible from Hwy 224. [Photo Courtesy: inciweb]

ROAD RESTRICTIONS

  • Hwy 224 reopened
  • Workers access only with valid ID

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

  • Held 9/20/14 Saturday
  • 175 Community members in attendance
  • Topics: Fire Strategies, Tactics
  • Positive feedback
  • Strong Community Support for Firefighting, Firefighters

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Fire Line Info.  360-280-4352 or 503-630-1711. Staffed from 0800-2000 hours.  Email:  36pitfire@gmail.com

 

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