Published Monday, August 1, 2022, 2020 hours PT

Credit: USFS – Willamette National Forest


The POTTER MOUNTAIN FIRE is located about eight miles northeast of Clearwater on the Willamette National Forest’s Middle Fork Ranger District in Oregon.

It was first reported Sunday morning on July 31, 2022.


According to the IC, the fire is burning in a remote area of heavy dead and down trees. The fire behavior is active with spotting.

The fire has burned approximately 400 acres of heavy timber (litter and understory) and medium logging slash.

==== RESOURCES ====

“As we reported on Sunday, July 30th, two squads of five people and an engine were sent quickly to locate the reported fire.

Only 5-person groups from a full 20-person crew were deployed because that allowed the forest to break up a larger crew into smaller units and look for more of the 20 or 30 lightning starts reported.

Once the squad located the fire and did a size up of the area, they called for the rest of their crew to come assist. The full crew was there by late afternoon working along with the engine.

Also yesterday, 2 single engine air tankers, 2 large air tankers, 1 very large air tanker, 2 type 1 helicopters, and 1 Type 2 helicopter all responded to the fire.

And despite all that, because of the temperature and the dry condition of the fuels, the fire grew to about 400 acres by this morning. Today, the fire has aircraft, plus two Type 2 crews of 20 people each, the Le Grande Hotshots and a Type 2 initial attack crew from the Middle Fork Ranger District. The picture of the Potter Fire below was taken by one of the aircraft yesterday morning.” – USFS

The current IC: Jimmer Hunt.

Northwest Incident Management Team 6, with Shawn Sheldon as Incident Commander, was in-briefed this morning at 9 am. The team will shadow today and take over management at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. They will manage both the Potter Fire on the Willamette National Forest and the Windigo Fire on the Umpqua National Forest.


None at this time.

==== CLOSURES ====

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL — From OR 138 to Summit lake due to the nearby Windingo Fire.

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