Fire at Dusk
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INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The BRITTAIN FIRE is currently burning about 8 miles south of Paisley, Oregon on the Fremont-Winema National being managed by the EA Silver Team, an IMT 2 team.

CAUSE.  The fire started on September 7th, 2020, which is human caused.   It was discovered late (night) on this date.  It was stated to have been one of three wildfires sparked on Monday during exceptional fire danger and while occurring while a fire weather even was in motion.

Two other fires started off of Hwy 97, one was doused and put out while the other being called the TWO FOUR TWO FIRE is still burning in the Chiloquin area.

FIRE BEHAVIOR.  As of today’s post, fire behavior is active with short crown runs, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.  Fire has scorched 44,800 acres and crews have successfully reached a 30% containment status.

THREATENED.  Structures and sage-grouse habitat are being threatened, prompting area evacuations.

RESOURCES.  Resources include 437 total personnel with 9 crews, 32 engines and 4 helicopters.



  • Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane (north of Paisley)
  • Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch


  • All of Paisley
  • From Red House Lane continuing south on Hwy 31 to Valley  Falls/Junction with US Hwy 395
  • Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Murphy Ranch
  • From Summer Lake Store north along Hwy 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass


  • Valley Falls approximately 5 miles south on Hwy 395 Chandler State Park

CLOSURES.  FS29 southeast to FS3510 and 28 Road east.  All National Forest System lands, facilities and FS 3315.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.  1 structure has been lost.  Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment costs have reached $4,500,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 2315 PT