#MillerComplex | Final Update

UPDATE 2 – 10/21/2017

The Miller Complex is located 17 miles east of Cave Junction and 20 miles west of Ashland, OR that started on August 14, 2017, due to a natural cover/lightning storm that hit the area.

This is the last update unless something more significant should occur in this fire area due to heavy rainfall fell over the area helping with fire suppression efforts.

Wheeler Creek Oct 8

Fire in the Wheeler Creek area on October 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Most of the fire resources have been demobilized while some remain on a two-hour standby should any new fire starts should arise.

The total acres burned was 39,715 acres but with the minimal fire activity remains at an 89% containment status.

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

Lightning sparked fires on private and federal lands located 20 miles west of Ashland, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest during August 14, 2017.

Fire crews have been busy with burnout operations, establishing anchor points and patrolling roadways for any potential flareups.

Abney Fire

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice

Several wildfires started including the Abney Fire that still to this day remains active.  Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.

Knox Fire

The Knox Fire is burning in the Red Buttes wilderness and is being monitored by air.  It has min fire behavior.  Unknown how many acres this fire has reached or the containment status.

Burnt Peak & Creedence Fire

Both fires are currently being monitored and are being watched for ensure the fires stay within its containment lines.  Crews are also removing and back-hauling equipment no longer needed.  Repair work is in effect.

Fire fuels include timber litter and understory, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Fir dominance and numerous snags.

Crews have also been working through several challenges such as, steep terrain with warm temps, poor overnight humidity recoveries and gusty winds.

Fire has burned about 38,356 acres and there is an 87% containment status.  Full containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2017.

A Type 3 Incident Command team assumed management of this fire around 0700 hours on Monday, October 9, 2017.   There are 210 personnel assigned to this incident.

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice (via Inciweb)

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#EagleCreekFire | Update 1 | October 10, 2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Eagle Creek Fire was reported on September 2, 2017 around 1600 hours that is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area near the town of Cascade Locks, Oregon.  This fire would soon become like a firestorm exploding into 3,000 acres overnight the first night.  During nights two (9/5) and three (9/6), the east winds would begin to blow scooping up excessive heat and pushing the fire westward.

UPDATE 1 – 10/10/2017 – 2215 hours PDT

On October 9th, crews were working on hazard tree assessments, fire suppression repairs and patrolling.  Area closures are in effect.  ODOT was busy assisting with removing rock and other debris along the iconic and historic Hwy 30.  The highway still remains closed and there is no estimated time when it will reopen.

As of October 8th, the fire was said to be at 48,831 acres with a 50% containment status.  The fire behavior is minimal and an increase is expected to be very small, if at any.  Fire suppression efforts have turned to Burned Area Emergency Response efforts (BAER) which evaluates risks to life, property and critical natural and cultural resources resulting in a post-fire state.  There are still 106 personnel assigned with the fire being managed by a Type 3 Command unit.  The cause is unknown but is being investigated.

Damaged was recorded to have impacted many structures in the area including the Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge. The bridge is notably unstable when a support cable broke free.  The bridge is said to be hanging near the stream.  This has or will be removed to stop further erosion or damage to the environment and nearby lives working in the area.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

A view across the Eagle Creek suspension bridge after a support cable pulled free. The bridge and cables hang near the stream. It is proposed for emergency removal before it causes more resource damage.

One of the responsibilities of the BAER team is to look for hazards that may impact or danger human life and property damage.  Here in this photo a team is looking down at the Multnomah Lodge below where rocks are observed falling down the slopes which could pose a serious problem to those at, in, around or outside of the Lodge.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

Looking down at Multnomah Lodge - BAER   BAER team members look down at Multnomah Lodge from the same location as the last photo. Rocks falling down the slope pose a serious hazard to Multnomah Lodge.

This photo clearly shows that there has been a rock slide and one are ongoing as two of these member stand here.  This is on the Benson Bridge at the Multnomah Falls.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

BAER Team

It appears that the Oneonta Tunnel burned during the Eagle Creek Fire causing the popular trail to become dangerous to those who walk near, through and entering/exiting it.  Since it had burned, rocks are now falling from the burned slopes above on to Highway 30 and this trail (tunnel).    Since, rains come and go in the NW, this will pose a life-threatening injury to all lives should additional water rundown and bringing large rocks with it.  The BAER team has determined this hazard and will close it to prevent injuries/loss of life.

(Photo Credit:  BAER team)

Oneonta Tunnel burned during the Eagle Creek Fire. Rocks are falling from the burned slopes above onto Hwy. 30 and the trail, creating a hazard that will grow worse with winter rains.

Additionally to damage and destruction to buildings or infrastructure, there were four homes that were destroyed.

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#MillerComplex | October 9 2017

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY – Lightning sparked fires on private and federal lands located 20 miles west of Ashland, Oregon in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest during August 14, 2017.

Fire crews have been busy with burnout operations, establishing anchor points and patrolling roadways for any potential flareups.

Abney Fire

Morning smoke inversionon the Abney Fire, taken by Division Supervisor

Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice 

Several wildfires started including the Abney Fire that still to this day remains active.  Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, backing and flanking.

Knox Fire

The Knox Fire is burning in the Red Buttes wilderness and is being monitored by air.  It has min fire behavior.  Unknown how many acres this fire has reached or the containment status.

Burnt Peak & Creedence Fire

Both fires are currently being monitored and are being watched for ensure the fires stay within its containment lines.  Crews are also removing and back-hauling equipment no longer needed.  Repair work is in effect.

FIRE FUELS – Fire fuels include timber litter and understory, mixed conifer understory with Shasta Red Fir dominance and numerous snags.

CONDITIONS – Crews have also been working through several challenges such as, steep terrain with warm temps, poor overnight humidity recoveries and gusty winds.

Fire has burned about 38,356 acres and there is an 87% containment status.  Full containment is expected to be reached by October 15, 2017.

RESOURCES – A Type 3 Incident Command team assumed management of this fire around 0700 hours on Monday, October 9, 2017.   There are 210 personnel assigned to this incident.

FIRE IMAGE – Photo Credit:  Ryan Vice (via Inciweb)

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#HartFire | Oregon | New!

SHELTON-HART MTN WILDLIFE REFUGE, OREGON

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 as a newly reported wildfire to the National Interagency Coordination Center, that is burning about 41 miles NE of Lakeview, Oregon.

Size/Containment

The fire has burned 500 acres of brush and grass.  There is a current containment of 0%.

Resources

There are 52 personnel assigned along with 9 engines and 2 helicopters.

Current Conditions

Fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs.

Threats

Structures and Sage-grouse habitat are being threatened current.

Cost-To-Date

Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $500,000 to date.

Social Media

#HartFire #ORwildfire2017 #OR

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#PowerlineFire | Oregon | Newly Reported!

NEAR FIELDS, OREGON

Summary:  A fire burning in brush and grass on private land would eventually turn into a large wildfire, called the Powerline Fire.   It is located 25 miles North of Fields, Oregon.

Size:  The fire has destroyed 800 acres.  It has reached an 80% containment status.

Resources:  Resources include 59 personnel, 1 crew, 8 engines and 1 helicopter committed to this wildfire incident.

Social Media:  Limited information is being released on this fire. We are using hashtags #PowerlineFire #ORwildfire2017 #FieldsOR

Cost-To-Date:  Fire suppression and containment cost-to-date have reached up to $75,000.

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#AnaFire | Oregon | 2

NEAR SUMMER LAKE, OREGON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving wildfire sparked by an unknown cause is burning up everything in its path about 2 miles North of Summer Lake, between Milepost 64 and 71 on Hwy 31.  It is also located about 100 miles SE of Bend, Oregon.

The fire is burning on private land and on the Fremont-Winema NF, BLM Lakeview District, OR Department of Fish & Wildlife and in the Summer Wildlife area lands.

Size |  6,000 acres with a 5% containment status.

Current Conditions | Active fire behavior with wind driven runs and uphill runs.

Command | Type 2 IMT.

Resources | 353 personnel broken down as 1 crew, 12 engines and  3 helicopters.

Smoke rises as the Ana fire races upslope

Closures | Popular Hwy 31 (Route from Bend, OR to Las Vegas, NV) is closed until further notice.

Damage Assessment | There were 3 structures (1 barn, 1 outbuilding, 1 hunting cabin) last night.  Structure protection is still in place for the Summer Lake Lodge area.

Cost-To-Date | $500,000

Social Media | #AnaFire #ORwildfire2017 #OR #SummerLakeOR #SilverLakeOR

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2140 Hours PDT

#AnaFire | Oregon | NEW!

NEAR SUMMER LAKE, OREGON

Incident Summary | A fast-moving wildfire sparked by an unknown cause is burning up everything in its path about 2 miles North of Summer Lake, between Milepost 64 and 71 on Hwy 31.  It is also located about 100 miles SE of Bend, Oregon.

The fire is burning on private land and on the Fremont-Winema NF, BLM Lakeview District, OR Department of Fish & Wildlife and in the Summer Wildlife area lands.

Size | The fire has destroyed 3,200 acres of brush, tall grass and timber.  Firefighters have successfully reached a 5% containment status.

Current Conditions | Fire behavior is active with uphill runs.  The fire has moved into steep and rugged terrain and into the burn scar of the Windy Fire from 2002.

Command | A Type 3 IMT took command early this Monday morning and another IMT 2 is arriving today from Washington State to assist with the wildfire.  Their Incident Command Post (ICP) will be located at the North Lake High School in Silver Lake.

Resources | Air tankers, helicopters, engines, dozers,  hand crews approximately 907 personnel are on-scene from the following Agencies:  Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Crater Lake National Park and state lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

Smoke rises as the Ana fire races upslope

Closures | Popular Hwy 31 (Route from Bend, OR to Las Vegas, NV) is closed until further notice.

Evacuations | Level 1 evacuations are in effect for residents between Silver Lake and Summer Lake.

Damage Assessment | There were 3 structures (1 barn, 1 outbuilding, 1 hunting cabin) last night.  Structure protection is still in place for the Summer Lake Lodge area.

Fire Weather | Weather conditions are expected to be dry and ripe for another wildfire.  Winds are expected to kick up later this afternoon.

Social Media | #AnaFire #ORwildfire2017 #OR #SummerLakeOR #SilverLakeOR

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb

 

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#CougarButteFire | OR | New!

CENTRAL OREGON

Incident Summary

On Friday, May 26, 2017, around 1500 hours, a fire was reported 11 miles West of Bend and just North of Skyliners Road in Central Oregon.  At the time of the fire it was only observed at 10 acres but would quickly grow Friday evening into 125 acres and holding.

Firefighters would be working throughout the night to attempt suppress and contain the ever-growing wildfire.

“Several engines, crews and one helicopter responded to the fire, partly burning in the scar of the Bridge Creek Fire, and it is 10% contained as of 8:00 p.m. Several crews will continue working through the night on the fire to build and secure fire lines.” – Central OR Fire

This is the first fire for the Central Oregon area and we can say their Wildfire season has officially begun.

Resources & Equipment

A Type 3 IMT IC Travis Moyer and ICT Mike Aizpitarte assumed command of the fire at 0700 hours on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Sunday fire operations will include 3 wildland fire engines, 1 dozer, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 4 crews, 1 Type 2 helicopter and several overhead positions managing the blaze.

Incident Cooperators

US Forest Service, Bend Fire and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Current Fire Conditions

Around 0900 hours on Saturday morning, Firefighters continued building containment lines on the E, N & S and had constructed fire line throughout the night were expected to finish the East flank this later in the morning.

Fire crews have successful kept the fire at 125 acres and reached a 10% containment status.

Social Media

We are using the #CougarButteFire hashtag along with #ORwildfires2017 #OR.

More updates will be posted here, as more details become available.

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