Published 9/11/2022, Sunday, 2000 hours PT

All of these wildfires were ignited on Tuesday, August 30th around 1700 hours PT, when lightning passed over the area and sparked multiple wildfires.

Incident Cooperators include NIM Medical – LIne Medics and staffing, La Grande IHC, Sheridan Professional Firefighters IAFF L5384, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde DES, Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue, Gaston Rural Fire District, Dayton Fire District, McMinnville FD, NIMT, Governor Kate Brown, American Red Cross, Mt. Angel Fire District, Marion County Task Force 2, Umatilla Veteran Crew, NWICC, and Hubbard Fire District.

Credit: NIM

DOUBLE CREEK FIRE | 10 miles SE of Imnaha, OR. Timber and short grass. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking, and backing. Evacuations and trail/road closures are in effect. Fire has burned 152,301 acres and is 15% contained (for all of them together)

Photo Description: Bucket work for the spot fire on the Double Creek Fire on 9/10/22.

Photo/Brentwood Reid, Pacific Northwest IMT 2.

USFS: “Fire behavior is one of the main drivers that influence decision-making and actions on wildland fires. Weather is the most dynamic element that affects fire behavior. Critical fire weather conditions led to the extreme fire behavior and rapid fire growth of the Double Creek Fire and the most historically devastating wildland fires. Having current and accurate fire weather forecasts is critical to safe and successful firefighting efforts.

The National Weather Service is a significant partner in wildland fire suppression efforts. They provide Incident Meteorologists (IMET) to active wildfires all over the nation throughout the fire year. IMETs continuously monitor the weather and analyze the local terrain to develop fire weather forecasts specific to the fire area. The IMET works closely with the Fire Behavior Analyst to advise fire managers on the potential for fire spread and resistance to control. They also alert firefighters on the ground of potentially hazardous conditions that could affect their safety.”

STURGILL FIRE | 15 miles SW of Enterprise, OR. Timber and closed timber litter. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking, and, backing. Evacuations, area, and trail closures are in effect.

NEBO FIRE | 21 miles SE of Enterprise, OR. Timber. Active fire behavior with isolated torching, flanking, and backing.

GOAT MOUNTAIN 2 FIRE | 9 miles S of Lostine, OR. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with backing.

Level 1 – Be Ready to Leave
o Lands west of Bear Gulch Road, south of Highway 350 to power lines and Harl Butte Road.
o Lostine River Rd. from Hwy 82 to Fir Rd

Level 2 – Get Set to Leave
o Lands west of Imnaha River to Bear Gulch Rd., south of Highway 350 to the intersection of power lines and Harl Butte Road.
o Upper and Lower Imnaha Road from Fence Creek to Freezeout
o Lostine River Rd from Fir Rd south to Two Pan including all campgrounds and trailheads

Level 3 – Go – Evacuate the Area
o Fence Creek north to Dug Bar/Freezeout south to 39 Rd.

Credit: TVFR

Road Closures
o Lostine River Rd from Moffitt’s south Closed
Hwy 350 at mile marker 6.5 is closed due to the following closures:
o Lower Imnaha Rd & Dug Bar Rd Closed
o Upper Imnaha Rd closed
o Hat Point Rd closed
o FS 39 Rd is closed from Target Springs Junction to Ollokot Campground including Canal Rd (3920), and Lick Creek Rd (3925).

Significant Events

  • 9/3/2022: Gov. Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act.

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