UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 17, 2020

Crane Fire from 10 miles West of Lakeview off Hwy
Photo Credit | USFS


The CRANE FIRE is burning about 10 minuets southeast of Lakeview on US Forest lands in the Fremont-Winema National Forest on Crane Mountain in the State of Oregon.

It was discovered on Sunday afternoon.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.


Fire behavior is extreme with uphill runs, torching and short-range spotting. There has been 1,900 acres of mixed conifer on steep terrain has been destroyed. There is a 0%  containment status.

Structures and energy infrastructures are current threatened.  Evacuations, area and road closures are in effect.

A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until 2300 (11pm) hours PT for lightning and dry fire fuels in the area.   Smoke is expected to be highly visible from Lakeview, New Pine Creek and surrounding areas throughout the evening and into the night.


Fire management is under a Type 3 IMT.  The NW Team 12, a Type 2 IMT team is on order and is due to transition over on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in the early morning hours.

The total number of personnel is 107 with 3 crews, 8 engines and 3 helicopters.  More are on order and due to be inbound shortly.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS, ODF, BLM.


Evacuations were completed on Day 1 from the areas of Willow Creek and Twin Springs Campgrounds; Crane Mountain Trailhead.  Notifications were also given to residents and private landowners the South Warner areas.


CLOSED | Rec sites in the South Warner Mountains outside of Lakeview.


Total cost-to-date has reached $350,000.


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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/17/2020 1830 PT