OR’s Devils Knob Complex

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The Devils Knob Complex consists of three wildfires is located about 25 miles northeast of Azalea and Roseburg, Oregon on the Umpqua National Forest. All of the fires are burning across the Tiller Ranger District.

Photo Description | Whiskey Camp guard station wrapped for protection.

Picture of Whisky Camp Guard Station completely wrapped to protect it from fires.
Credit | USFS – Umpqua NF

The lightning caused group of fires that were sparked on August 3, 2021.

Smith Fire – 12,012 acres.

Big Hamlin Fire – 12,801 acres.

Dismal Creek, Little Applegate, Mule Creek, Section 30 and Wild Cat Fires – 1,489 acres.

Collectively, there has been 28,151 acres of timber and logging slash scorched, an increase of 1,828 from yesterday’s report. However, firefighters and resources have reached a 25% containment status

Fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, short crown runs, short-range and group torching. It is currently threatening structures and the community of Ash Valley.

There are approximately 744 total personnel along with 21 crews, 38 engines and four copters. This Complex is being managed by the Florida Forest Service Red IMT team with Incident Commander, Rick Dolan.

One structure has been reported as lost.

Together, the cost-to-date has reached $20.2 Million for fire suppression and containment efforts.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Fire Activity Report

There were hundreds of lightning strikes in the northwest for both the Washington and Oregon States. This is a list of fires that broke out and have since been contained. Check out our separate daily Recap of the 29 wildfires that are currently burning in our areas.

This information is gleaned from various sources, including WildCAD.net.

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August 21, 2021 – Saturday

Moon Creek Fire. Fertile Valley Rd, Pend Orielle, WA. Call dispatched 1653. 0.1 acres. Timber understory. Contained 1800, controlled 1930.

Rattlesnake Springs Fire. Rattlesnake Springs. Chelan County, WA. Dispatched 1532. 0.1 acre of grass. Contained 1715 PT.

Meadow Fire. Meadow Creek. Kittitas County, WA. Dispatched 1500 hours. 0.1 acre of logs. IC: Patrol 3. Contained/controlled at 1516.

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Credit | Red Cross NW

Pease Trail Fire. Pease Rd. Pend Orielle County, WA. Dispatched 1316. 0.1 acre. Timber. contained 1433. Controlled 1452.

Duncan Creek Fire. Duncan Creek Rd. Skamania County, WA. Dispatched 1209 PT. 0.1 acre. Agency Assist.

Fuhrman Hill. Fuhrman Rd, Stevens County, WA. Dispatched 0918. 0.1 acres. Grass and shrub. Contained and controlled at 1000 hours.

Vista House Fire. Mt. Spokane, Spokane County, WA. Dispatched 0850. 0.1 acres. Timber, understory. Contained 0940 and controlled at 0950.

Marx Fire. Marx Rd. Stevens County, WA. Dispatched 0150 PT. 0.1 acre. Timber understory and litter. Contained 1057 PT. Controlled 1448 PT.

August 20, 2021 – Friday

Wending Lane Fire. Plain, Chelan County, WA. Dispatched 2012. 0.1 acre of grass, timber and litter. IC: DeSalvo effective 2300 hours. Contained/controlled 2337.

Blue Jay Fire. Badger Mtn. Chelan County WA. Dispatched 1947. 0.1 acre. Timber understory. IC DeSalvo. Contained/controlled/out at 0813 on 8/21/2021.

Rail Trail Fire. Republic in Ferry County, WA. 0.1 acre. Dispatched 1834 PT. Contained 1900 hours. Controlled 1901.

Howard Heights Fire. Howard Heights. OLS (WA). Dispatched 1313 PT. 0.1 acres. Timber, understory. Contained, controlled and out at 1320 PT.

Bear Creek Fire. Newport Hwy. Spokane County, WA. Dispatched 1236 PT. 0.1 acre. Timber and litter. Contained 1300. Controlled 1310.

Spring Gulch Fire. Cold Springs, Umatilla OR. Dispatched 1044 PT. 3 acres of grass and shrub. IC: Basey. Contained 1553.

Skookum Fire. Kamilchie Point. Mason County, WA. Dispatched 0727. 0.1 acre. Grass, shrub and timber. IC: Reynolds. Contained and controlled at 1527.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Green Ridge Fire | Walla Walla, WA

The GREEN RIDGE FIRE is located about 30 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington State, in the southeastern portion of the State.

The TURKEY TAIL started from lightning strikes on July 7, 2021, along with the GREEN RIDGE FIRE. Both of these wildfires have merged are known only as the Green Ridge Fire.

It is burning into the Columbia complex burn scar that has new growth of shrubs and leftovers of standing and fallen snags.

The fire continues to spread primarily into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness where conditions for fire personnel are dangerous due to limited opportunities for indirect containment lines, being steep, remote and very rugged terrain.

Currently, wilderness lands, homes and rec sites are under direct threat.

The view of the fire as seen from Midway Campground looking east
Credit | USFS

— Community Meeting

July 23, 2021 — 1900 PT — The Last Resort @ 2005 Tucannon Rd, Pomeroy, Washington

There has been 3,915 acres of brush and timber that have been destroyed, but there is a 15% containment status.

Behavior is active with flanking, backing and creeping.

There are 326 total personnel along with eight crews and 11 engines.

Total CTD is $5.6 Million for fire suppression and containment status. Expected containment by Fire Command is projected on August 31, 2021.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire Activity Report

2335 PT | JUNE 26, 2021 | SATURDAY

This is the Sit Rep for both Washington and Oregon State wildfires in the northwest.

WASHINGTON

There were 29 fires for a total of 100 acres yesterday reported by Fire Managers. 18 were in Oregon for a total of 54 acres and 11 in Washington with a total of 46 acres.NWCC

54 Road Fire

The 54 ROAD FIRE is located about 22.2 miles north-northeast of Vancouver, Washington n the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. USFS is the lead agency. Dispatch Center is the Columbia Cascade Comm Center. Unknown acres. ##

I84 MM 78 Fire

This wildfire is about 55.9 miles east of Camas that is being handled by ODF’s The Dalles Unit. We are listing it under the Washington side because it is fairly close to our border. 6.8 acres have been burned. Dispatch Center: Columbia Cascade Comm Center in Vancouver, WA. ##

Wildwood Road Fire

This fire started on Saturday evening around 2000 hours PT. It is located about 50.5 miles north-northwest of Vancouver, Washington. Unknown acres. Brand new fire incident. Dispatch Center: WA DNR Pacific Cascades Dispatch Center. ##

Skidmore Fire

The SKIDMORE FIRE is located about 56.2 miles north-northwest of Spokane. This is a mutual aid deployment by the WA DNR fire agency. 0.3 acres burned. ##

Rosario Road Fire

The ROSARIO ROAD FIRE is showing to be located about 47.3 milesnorth-northwest of Seattle. About 0.1 acres. Limited information. ##

Jackknife Fire

WA DNR units AA4TS/653 C 101 CH 5 DNR 33 E 562 E Zone 10 FB 201 FB 202 H 341 HB 170CB NC 25 NC 40+Crew NC 7303 NC 7304 NC 7305 were dispatched this early afternoon at 1322 hours PT to Jackknife and Madison Creek. Located about 74.1 miles north-northwest of Spokane and 4.8 miles west-northwest of Olympia. The fire is said to be about 50% lined. 46.3 miles have been scorched. Dispatch Center: WA DNR – Enumclaw, WA. ##

Two Pole Fire

Located on Leclerc Road North in Pend Oreille County. Dispatch time 1525 hours PT. 0.1 acres of grass and shrub. Contained 1651 hours. Controlled at 1721 hours. ##

Temple Fire

WA DNR units were dispatched on June 25th at 2106 hours to Norman Road in Spokane County. 0.1 acres of slash. Contained and brought under control at 0830 hours. ##

Spring Canyon Fire

WA DNR units were dispatched on June 25, 2021, at 1630 hours to Spring Canyon in Lincoln County, where 11.6 acres of grass and shrub were scorched. Crews reached containment at 1100 hours on June 26th and under control at 1700 hours. The fire is in patrol status. ##

Sportsmans Fire

Units from WA DNR and local fire agencies E-4301 E-4302 E-4304 YAK-26 were dispatched at 1811 hours PT to Yakima (Yakima County)’s Sportsman State Park. There has been 1.5 acres of brush, timber and slash consumed. This is an open and active incident. ##

Eltopia West Fire

Firefighters were dispatched at 1543 hours PT on Saturday to Eltopia in Franklin County and stopped the forward progression of the fire and bringing it under control at 1600 hours PT the first initial response. That wildfire name was the ELTOPIA FIRE.

A second response to the same area is named the ELTOPIA WEST FIRE, which prompted resources BATT-6101 and CREW-6201 to be dispatched today at 1647 hours PT. There has been five acres of the same fire fuels now destroyed. This scene is still open and active. ##

Three Creeks Fire

Fire assets and resources were dispatched to the THREE CREEKS FIRE at 1341 hours PT in Yakima County. 0.1 acre of logs were burned. IC Ray arrived on-scene at 1442 hours PT. The fire was contained and controlled at 1615 hours PT. ##

Talmage Road Fire

Talmage Road Fire was one of many of wildfires that broke out in Kittitas County this morning and at the same time as the HORLICK ROAD FIRE. WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1158 hours to the Milwaukee Road Corridor. IC McFarland assumed Command at 1910 hours. The fire was contained shortly afterwards at 1945 hours. E-4103 was dispatched to the scene. ##

Horlick Road Fire

WA DNR resources were dispatched along with other local resources to Thorp Prairie at 1038 hours today for a wildfire. It is located about 12.9 miles northwest of Ellensburg, Washington. Due to multiple fires burning in the same County, it was quickly escalated from a first alarm brush fire to a third alarm wildfire, prompting evacuations of the Sunlight Water area then releasing the orders, allowing residents to return to their homes. IC Kit26 assumed Command at 1200 hours PT. 103 acres of grass were scorched. Contained at 1441 hours PT. Current #wawx is 78*F temps, 99% RH and winds are 10 mph. ##

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Horlick Road Fire. PC: Kittitas County Sheriff

Williams Lake Fire

WA DNR resources were on-scene at 1554 hours on Saturday, June 26, 2021 to the WILLIAMS LAKE FIRE, originally a smoke check. This incident is located 66.3 miles NNW of Spokane, Washington. Unknown size. Dispatch Center: NE WA Interagency Comm Center in Colville, Washington. Open incident. ##

White Pine

The WHITE PINE FIRE brought fire resources out to the White Pine area in Chelan County. WA DNR resources were deployed on Friday night at 2220 hours PT. 0.1 acres were destroyed. IC Gale assumed command of the incident at an unknown time. Crews were successful in bringing the fire under control and contained at 1555 hours on Saturday, June 26, 2021. ##

Old McKenna Fire

WA DNR resources were dispatched at 1213 hours PT to Yelm for a wildfire. Crews arrived to assist local Fire agencies to those in the City of Yelm. About 0.1 acres of brush and a fir tree were scorched. It was brought under control and contained at 1415 hours PT. The fire is in a patrol status. ##

Mill Creek Fire

The MILL CREEK FIRE is located in Spillman (Mason County), where fire resources dispatched to at 1543 hours PT. Less than an acre (0.10) of grass and brush were burned. The fire is in patrol status. ##

354th Street Fire

WA DNR assets and resources were dispatched today at 1653 hours PT as mutual aid for a wildfire burning in Eatonville and 11.8 miles southeast of Tacoma, Washington. There was an unknown number of land/brush/grass burned. This incident is in a patrol status. ##

OREGON

Record heat is expected over the Pacific Northwest this weekend and well into next week as a strong high pressure ridge amplifies over the region.

Winds will decrease for most areas on Saturday but will pick up from the east or northeast for
the Cascades on Sunday and Monday as a thermal trough deepens on the west side.

Poor overnight humidity recovery is likely over higher elevations for the next four or five nights. Some lightning is possible next week. – NWS

Lower Deck Fire

The LOWER DECK FIRE is located in the Warm Springs area, where another fire has been burning. It is under command of an ICT, Type 4 team. The cause for this fire is unknown. There has been 491 acres of grass and brush consumed. A 50% containment status has been reached. Minimal fire behavior is minimal. This was formerly the MILL MIDDLE DECK FIRE. Open incident. ##

S-503 Fire

The S-503 FIRE started on June 18, 2021. Command: NW IMT, Team 8’s IC: Kevin Stok as of 0900 hours on June 26, 2021. This fire is located about five miles southwest of Pine Grove. Its cause is unknown. Fire has burned up 6,679 acres of timber. There is a 70% containment status. Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching, creeping and short-range spotting. Evacuation notices are in effect. Structures and powerlines are under threat. There are 468 total personnel assigned to this incident. Transfer of command will occur on Monday, June 28th to a Type 3 IMT. ##

S-503 Fire. PC: Warm Springs Agency-BIA

Cutoff Fire

The CUTOFF FIRE is located about six miles north of Bonanza, Oregon, which started on June 19, 2021 from an unknown cause that is under investigation. There has been 1,288 acres of burned timber, brush and short grass, but crews have successfully reached an 93% containment status. There are still 208 total personnel assigned to this incident. Evacuation notices have been lifted. ##

Cutoff Fire bucket drop 6/22/21
Cutoff Fire – PC: ODF

New Fire (Unnamed)

ODF fire assets and resources have been dispatched via the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center to an unknown location at 2120 hours PT. This is a really new incident. ##

Ridge Top Fire

State fire assets and resources were dispatched today at 1429 hours to a location of 7.3 miles northwest of Mount Vernon. There has been 1 acres of grass, timber and juniper scorched. Resources are currently on-scene. This is an open and active incident. ##

Calapooya Fire

The CALAPOOYA FIRE is located about 9.2 miles northeast of Lemolo Lake. Resources were dispatched today at 1302 hours PT. The fire was contained to 0.1 acre at 1618 hours PT. ##

Split Rock Fire

The SPLIT ROCK FIRE is located in Ashland’s Watershed sending state resources to the area at 1618 hours this afternoon. There has been 0.1 acres burned. ##

Mutual Aid 529

Mutual Aid was deployed through the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at 1442 PT this afternoon. The fire incident is located about two miles northwest of Pendleton, Oregon near the airport. This is a human-caused wildfire resulting in 300 acres of weeds destroyed in a matter of hours. Open incident. ##

Peep Fire

The PEEP FIRE ignited on Friday, June 25, 2021, prompting movement of State fire assets to be deployed to the fire located in the Moonshine Creek area, which is about 13 miles southeast of Ukiah, Oregon. This was lightning-caused. About 0.1 acres of timber reprod was burned. Fire was contained today at 1813 hours . ##

Cooks Fire

At 1727 hours PT, OR DOF resources were dispatched via the Lakeview Interagency Dispatch Center to the COOKS FIRE. About five acres has been burned. In patrol status. ##

Drews Fire

Another wildfire broke out this afternoon, prompting more wildland fire resources to be depl;oyed to the DREWS FIRE. The fire has burned about 37.5 acres. Open incident. ##

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NW Wildfire Activity Log

Hello and thank you for visiting our blog about Northwest Wildfire activity here in the northwest. This includes recent State deployments of resource orders and wildfires in Washington State and Oregon.

If you have a wildfire tip, please call 9-1-1 in your area but we’d love the tip so we can cover it and get important information out to those who need it the most.

Wishing you all safety, no matter where you are at home or away. And, as Eric says, “Don’t forget to drink your O’s (H2o/water). — LR Swenson , Editor/Blogger

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DEER FIRE (OR)

State OR resources C201, C201A, C201B, C201C, C201D, E621, E622 were dispatched to a wildfire called the DEER SPRING FIRE an exact location. Incident #MAF-2169. Open/Active incident.

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5 new starts | 2052, 2042, 2037, 2021, 1954 PT | all around in the same area. Mapping below. (OR)

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1857 PT | BUNCH FIRE (WA)

Tacoma Creek Rd, Pend Oreille County. WA DNR resources BC32, E31, LT34 dispatched via the NEC today at 1746 PT hours. Incident #COF-1791. Units arrived o/s 1857 hours PT.

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1758 PT | HICKS FIRE (OR)

Wildland fire resources and equipment: C7-4, E7462 and E7466 were dispatched through the Blue Mtn Interagency Dispatch Center at 1738 hours PT this evening to the HICKS FIRE. The fire is located 11 miles NE of Wallowa in the Braham Meadows area on Wallowa ODF lands. Currently 1.79 acres of grass, timber and reproduction timber have been destroyed. Open incident.

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1738 PT | MUDDY FIRE (OR)

 Resources (7203, E311, E7262) were dispatched this evening at 1738 hours via the Blue Mtn Interagency Dispatch Center to the MUDDY FIRE. See mapping for location. About 0.1 of grass and slash have been burned. Open incident.

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1539 PT | GABB FIRE (OR)

Resources are on-scene of a wildfire named the GABB FIRE, which were dispatched out of the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center today at 1539 hours PT. The fire is located about 8.7 miles north of John Day, OR. Currently 0.75 acre of grass, logs, duff and timber have been burned. New incident.

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1212 PT | HELISPOT FIRE (OR)

E656, E657 and E658 were dispatched via the Blue Mtn Interagency Dispatch Center to the DALE HELISPOT FIRE. The incident is located 10 miles south of Ukiah, in the Toll Bridge Rec Site area. Dispatch Time: 1212 PT. Lightning caused. 1 acre of grass burned. Open incident.

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1141 PT | COAL PIT FIRE (OR)

Incident #ODF-21126, PN N3RQ(1522), 952119 — Resources were dispatched through the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 1141 hours PT this morning to the COAL PIT FIRE. About 14 acres of Juniper and sagebrush have been consumed. Open Incident 

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(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/24/2021 2210 PT

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY REPORT | OREGON

WILDFIRE ACTIVITY REPORT | SEPT 21, 2020

Here is the State of Oregon Wildfire Activity Report for Monday, September 21, 2020.  This covers all wildfire activity and smoke reports from Sunday 0800 PT until 2000 hours PT on Monday for all incidents across the State.

Incidents are listed by each time resources were dispatched via each Communications Center.

1551 PT | RITTER FIRE | 7.1 miles north of Long Creek. 680 acres. Grass, brush, juniper and sage. Resources on-scene. john Day Interagency Dispatch Center.

1321 PT | 0926 PR FIRE | Off of the 2730 RD.  0.1 acre. Contained/controlled and out at 1432 PT. Central OR Interagency Dispatch Center.

1321 PT | 0925 NW  | Lapine. False Alarm.

0913 PT | 0924 PR FIRE | Off of the 300 Road. 0.1 acre. Contained/controlled at 1257 PT. Out at 1432 PT.  Central OR Interagency Dispatch Center.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/21/2020 1950 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 3

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 3  | SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning 6 miles from Detroit on the Willamette National Forest in the State of Oregon.

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire Facebook Page

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is moderate that is creeping, isolated torching and smoldering.  Multiple structures in several communities along with communications infrastructure are under threat.

Management of the fire is by the SW Team Team 2, an IMT Type 2.

There are 52 personnel along with 16 crews, 32 engines and 7 helicopters assigned to this incident.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 191,661 acres and 1,288 structures destroyed. Fire crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Cost-to-date expenses have reached $9,340,000 for fire suppression and containment efforts.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/18/2020 – 2145 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 2

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 2 | SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire FB Page

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning about one mile near the RIVERSIDE FIRE which has prompted some concerns from residents and Fire Officials about these two fires merging into one super firestorm.   With extreme dry vegetation and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding area to keep the two fires from merging are on the mind of a lot of people with this fire catching the attention of many.

Officials are working to stop that from happening.

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE ignited on August 16, 2020 from an unknown cause burning on the Willamette National Forest in the Opal Creek Wilderness area and about 15 miles north of Detroit (Marion County), Oregon.

Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff Department

CURRENT STATUS

Fire is burning about 2 miles south of Jawbone Flats and 6 miles north of Detroit, Oregon.

About 191,238 acres have been destroyed but crews have reached a 20% containment status.

Fire behavior remains moderate with a continuance of threatening structures.

There are 571 total personnel assigned to this incident which include 14 crews, 43 engines and 7 helicopters.

Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff Department

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

The fire has damaged 46 homes and 88 other structures, while destroying 470 homes and 818 other structures.  A record of 1,288 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached a total of $8,700,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/17/2020 2230 PT

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE | OREGON | SIT REP 1

BEACHIE CREEK FIRE

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Photo Credit | Beachie Creek Fire Facebook page

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE is burning about one mile near the RIVERSIDE FIRE which has prompted some concerns from residents and Fire Officials about these two fires merging into one super firestorm.   With extreme dry vegetation and a lack of natural holding features in the Table Rock Wilderness and surrounding area to keep the two fires from merging are on the mind of a lot of people with this fire catching the attention of many.

Officials are working to stop that from happening.

The BEACHIE CREEK FIRE ignited on August 16, 2020 from an unknown cause burning on the Willamette National Forest in the Opal Creek Wilderness area and about 15 miles north of Detroit (Marion County), Oregon.

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Photo Credit | Marion County Sheriff’s Office

CURRENT STATUS

Fire has burned approximately 190,911 acres of timber and logging slash. Crews have reached a 20% containment status.  It’s fire behavior remains at moderate with backing, creeping and isolated torching.

Currently, there are 13,551 homes and other structures are threatened which have prompted evacuations in effect.

Marion County Evacuation Zones –> http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones

Level 3 Evacuations –> GO NOW!

  • Detroit, Idanha, Breitenbush, Mill City, Gates, Hwy 22 east of Hwy 226 and North Rd north of Hwy 22.

Level 2 Evacuations –> BE SET

  • Lyons, Mehama west of Hwy 226, Fernridge Rd west of Shellburg Creek Rd to Basil Hill, Crooked Finger Rd and Moss Lane.

Level 1 Evacuations –> GET READY

  • Scott Mills, areas east of Meridian Rd, Davis Creek and Victor Point south to the Marion County Line.

Closures are in effect for all recreational areas including campgrounds, trails and day-use areas, boat ramps in the following areas:

  • Willamette National Forest lands
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands
  • OR State lands
  • OR Department of Forestry (ODF) lands, including the Santiam State Forest

Recovery efforts are being coordinated by this incident Command and with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with Oregon DOT and Oregon State Patrol along the Santiam Canyon.    About 5,845 structures are still in a Level 3 evacuation order, while 3,961 are under a Level 2.

FIRE OPERATIONS

What is a ‘burn-out’? Does this mean you’ll be putting more fire on the ground? How would that help? If you’ve asked these questions you’re not alone. Our intent with this special update is to help folks understand what’s what and increase your understanding of what this means out on the ground.
A firefighter’s style of ‘burn-out’ has nothing to do with tires, race cars, or cheering fans. In the world of wildland firefighting, a burn-out is defined as intentionally putting fire inside a control line to consume fuel (brush, logs, grass) between the edge of the fire and the control line to create a buffer of burned area around the edge of the fire to help secure the area. This strategy ‘starves’ the fire of fuel and allows our hardworking engines and crews to engage the fire on their terms.
Burnouts will help limit the fire’s spread towards communities. So while you may see more fire or smoke, it’s our hard working crews doing their best to keep you safe today, tomorrow, and for the future.
We appreciate your understanding as we continue to limit new fire growth, protect communities, and safely engage the fire with our partners.
– Beachie Creek Fire Officials
Fire management is under Unified Command with NW Team 13 (Gales) and IMT2 OSFM Green (Hallman) with SW Team 2, IMT 1 (Pierson) shadowing on today, but was transferred to a SW IMT this evening.

Approximately 530 personnel along with 11 crews, 43 engines and 7 helicopters are assigned.

W/NW Operations:  Crews continue to connect and strengthen control lines.

SE Operations:  Crews are continuing to work with landowners to secure control lines.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

The fire has damaged 46 homes and 88 other structures, while destroying 470 homes and 818 other structures.  A record of 1,288 structures have been lost.

Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status expenses have reached a total of $7,600,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/16/2020 2305 PT

OREGON FIRE | SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE | SIT REP 1

SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE | BLM – MEDFORD DISTRICT

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PC:  BLM

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE started on September 8, 2020 at 1359 (1:5pm) PT from an unknown cause, which is currently under investigation.

The fire is burning in Jackson County, about five miles east of Eagle Point, Oregon.

Fire fuels include:  Timber, brush and logging slash.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is active with uphill wind-driven runs, mid-range spotting and group tree torching.

About 30,503 acres have been scorched.  Fire crews have successfully reached a 20% containment status.

Smokes continues to keep air assets grounded on Saturday. Some clearing of smoke was anticipated today. However, a dry cold front was due to move in. A RED FLAG WARNING was issued today from 1500 – 2000 (3pm – 8pm) for gusty winds, low RH and conditions becoming unstable.  All are big concerns for Fire Managers, which are generally understandable.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $2.3 Million Dollars.

RESOURCES

There are 623 total personnel assigned to this incident.   The OR DOF – Medford Unit is the lead agency on this with the PNW Team 8, an IMT 2 team is managing this wildfire.

There are approximately 15 crews, 22 engines and 12 helicopters that are assisting from the ground to the air.

EVACUATIONS

Level 3 –> Shady Cove, Trail and Butte Falls

HOW TO HELP IMPACTED COMMUNITIES

Accesshelp –> Provides food, warmth, shelter and other essential services to the County’s low-income children, families, seniors, veterans and disabled individuals.

Red Cross –> Is asking for monetary donations vs. durable goods and food.

NWFB Community Resource Group –> Check out our new Facebook Group page WILDFIRE COMMUNITY RESOURCES for information on how you can help local communities with needs or resources available to help one another.

NOTE:  We just created this page yesterday and we are working quickly to add resources and other info.  You are invited to join and help us grow this group so we may help those who have been impacted.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/13/2020 1535 PT