Tuesday, Sept. 1 update on Cougar Creek fire

Burnout operations on the 255 Road. Photo courtesy of Amanda Hildenbrand.

Burnout operations on the 255 Road. Photo courtesy of Amanda Hildenbrand.

Cougar Creek Fire Daily Update 2015-09-01

Incident: Cougar Creek Wildfire
Released:3 p.m.

GLENWOOD, WA –
Cougar Creek Fire crews took advantage of the cool wet weather over the weekend and continued to construct containment lines. Today clear skies allowed for the Incident Commander and the Fire Operation Section Chief to fly over of the fire. With this additional info our plan is to have hand crews continue to build direct containment line along the north and northwest section of the fire while continuing to improve contingency lines along Potato Hill Road. The east portion of the fire remains in patrol status as crews continue to mop up and extinguish hotspots. Crews continue to patrol and reinforce completed containment line along the east, south, and west flanks of the fire.

Though the south end of the fire received a wetting rain, the rain did not penetrate the tree canopy in the northern portion of the fire. These areas will continue to dry out as the effects of the rain dissipate over the next few days. Resident’s should be advised as vegetation continues to dry out smoke may become more visible and fire activity may pick up.


High pressure will build today and another significant cold front will move into Western Washington Tuesday night and not exit until Friday night. This air mass will be cold and unstable producing scattered showers but it does not have a tropical moisture connection so the chance of wetting rains will be minimal, except on the southwest portion of the fire. Warmer and drier conditions are expected for the weekend.

Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) took command of the Cougar Creek Fire as of 8/31/2015 at 0600.
CLOSURES for the safety of firefighters and the public: DNR – All DNR State Trust lands and recreation sites within the Glenwood Block are closed. Yakama Nation – All forest resource lands are closed to the public, including tribal members. USFS – The Pacific Crest Trail through the Mt Adams Wilderness, the Mt. Adams Wilderness in its entirety, and all trails on the south and east sides of Mt. Adams are closed between Forest Road 23 at Williams Mine to the eastern boundary of the Forest. Forest Roads 80 & 82 are also closed.http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3852739.pdf

Basic Information
Current as of 9/1/2015, 5:21:14 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski
Incident Description Wildfire
Current Situation
Total Personnel 505
Size 54,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (litter and understory), light logging slash, tall grass. Extensive bug killed timber in portions of fire.
Significant Events
Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping. Minimal surface spread due to high relative humidity and cloud cover.
Outlook
Planned Actions
Today clear skies allowed for the Incident Commander and the Fire Operation Section Chief to fly over of the fire. With this additional info our plan is to have hand crews continue to build direct containment line along the north and northwest section of the fire while continuing to improve contingency lines along Potato Hill Road.
Projected Incident Activity
Though the south end of the fire received a wetting rain, the rain did not penetrate the canopy in the northern portion of the fire. These areas continue to dry out as the effects of the rain dissipate over the next few days. Residence should be advised as vegetation continues to dry out smoke will become more visible and fire activity may pick up.
Remarks
Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) took command of the Cougar Creek Fire as of 8/31/2015 at 0600.
Current Weather
Weather Concerns
Moderate cloud cover and higher than average relative humidity remained in place throughout the day. Current weather was observed with wind speeds of 7 gusting to 15 from the Northwest. Temperatures reached a high of 68 with 47% relative humidity. The forecast for the next operational period Is predicting winds of 8, gusting to 20 from the West, Northwest. The temperature is predicted to reach a high of 68, with 50% relative humidity.

Basic Information

Current as of 9/1/2015, 5:21:14 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning/natural
Date of Origin Monday August 10th, 2015 approx. 06:00 PM
Location 6 miles NW of Glenwood, WA
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 505
Size 54,000 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 60%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday October 01st, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (litter and understory), light logging slash, tall grass. Extensive bug killed timber in portions of fire.
Significant Events Minimal, Smoldering, Creeping. Minimal surface spread due to high relative humidity and cloud cover.

Outlook

Planned Actions Today clear skies allowed for the Incident Commander and the Fire Operation Section Chief to fly over of the fire. With this additional info our plan is to have hand crews continue to build direct containment line along the north and northwest section of the fire while continuing to improve contingency lines along Potato Hill Road.
Projected Incident Activity Though the south end of the fire received a wetting rain, the rain did not penetrate the canopy in the northern portion of the fire. These areas continue to dry out as the effects of the rain dissipate over the next few days. Residence should be advised as vegetation continues to dry out smoke will become more visible and fire activity may pick up.
Remarks Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3) took command of the Cougar Creek Fire as of 8/31/2015 at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Moderate cloud cover and higher than average relative humidity remained in place throughout the day. Current weather was observed with wind speeds of 7 gusting to 15 from the Northwest. Temperatures reached a high of 68 with 47% relative humidity. The forecast for the next operational period Is predicting winds of 8, gusting to 20 from the West, Northwest. The temperature is predicted to reach a high of 68, with 50% relative humidity.

Tuesday, Sept. 1 evening update on County Line Fire 2

Fire making run on Shitike Butte 8-28-2015. Peter Reinhardt photo.

Fire making run on Shitike Butte 8-28-2015. Peter Reinhardt photo.

Basic Information

Current as of 9/1/2015, 6:50:10 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Wednesday August 12th, 2015 approx. 01:30 PM
Location Warm Springs Reservation, North of Warm Springs Oregon
Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon, Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 435
Size 67,207 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 92%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday September 03rd, 2015 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Brush (2 feet), Timber (Grass and Understory)
Significant Events Minimal,Creeping, Smoldering. Low fire activity today with mild weather.

Outlook

Planned Actions There are no night operations. For day operations 9/2, continue with structure protection, use hose lays, crews and dozers to reinforce line, contain spots/slop over, continue reinforcing hand line. Back haul equipment and supplies, including hose as not needed. Incoming type 3 team, Wednesday will be shadow day.
Projected Incident Activity 12hours: No growth expected on the north edge, lack of IR makes it difficult to know amount of heat left on that side – Patrol status. Fire is anticipated to be better contained at the west end of Shitike Canyon, Minimal fire behavior today with creeping and smoldering behavior.24hours: Backing and creeping fire is expected to continue in the Shitike Canyon, crews will continue to use roads to check the fire and build direct line. With slightly warmer weather and decreased fire activity the potential for spotting should remain low.

48hours: same as 24 hours,

72hours: same as 48 hours

Anticipated after 72 hours: same until containment.

Remarks Fire acreage is adjusted based on more accurate mapping.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Temperatures were in the 60-70 degree range across the fire area today with relative humidity around 20-30 percent. Westerly winds 4-8 mph. Wednesday, temperatures in the upper 55-65 degree range, with relative humidity between 35-50 percent possibly as there is a chance of showers. West winds 5-15 mph. Extended forecast calls for temperatures and RH similar to Wednesday. Friday a chance of showers and thunderstorm activity.

UNIT INFORMATION

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs/Warm Springs Agency
PO Box C
Warm Springs, OR, OR 97761

Tuesday, Sept 1 evening update on Canyon Creek Complex fire; evacuation levels lowered

Canyon Creek Complex Evening Update for September 1st

Incident: Canyon Creek Complex Wildfire
Released: 9 p.m.
Fire Activity Increased in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Near Slide Creek
JOHN DAY, OR – The fire became active along the eastern perimeter in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness today, spotting across the 1640 road (a.k.a. Roads End) and into the Slide Creek area. Warmer temperatures, lower relative humidity, and increased wind allowed fire to spot across firelines. Retardant drops and helicopter buckets were unsuccessful in controlling the spread of the fire. Smoke was visible from John Day and Prairie City. The fire exhibited a high resistance to control and firefighters disengaged due to spotting across the fireline. Tomorrow firefighters will reassess other locations for contingency lines.
Burnout operations in Dean Creek and Diesel Creek area continued and were successful in providing a slow and beneficial removal of unburned ground fuel. The fire perimeter is being brought downhill to control lines in order to secure the area. Occasional torching and burning may be visible throughout the night.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, all evacuation levels will be lowered. Prairie City will be lowered to a Level 1, the Strawberry, Dog, Pine and Indian Creek areas will be lowered to a Level 2. Please see the attached evacuation update for more details.
“We ask that people respect the Level 2 evacuations and understand that there are still numerous fire resources in those area performing critical suppression actions,” said Incident Command Beth Lund. “Please do not interfere with firefighters’ ability to get these actions completed and the areas secured for good.”
Structure protection is in place near the fire’s northeastern flank in the Pine and Indian Creek areas. Nightshift resources will continue to patrol that area. Crews continued to secure, mop up, and repair hand and dozer lines from John Day west and south to Parrish Cabin.
A cold front is expected to move into the area later this evening. Winds will increase as the front approaches, and relative humidity will rise. Winds will generally be from the west and southwest with gusts reaching 20 to 25 mph along ridgetops.
Additional Information
There is a Forest Closure in effect for the fire and Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Copies of the closure orders and associated maps are available at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/malheur/home/?cid=stelprd3845529.
Public Safety Alert: Please be aware of fire traffic and smoky conditions while driving. Forest officials ask that the public stay clear of all fire-related activities.
School is back in session throughout the area. Watch for children walking to school or waiting for school buses.
CR 62 and the 16 Road are open to through traffic. Highway 395 is open to traffic, however, firefighters, equipment and the power company are working along the side of the road and drivers should expect short delays. Drivers are urged to use caution and encouraged to drive with headlights on through these areas. For safety reasons do not stop along the road or enter into burned areas.
Additional area fire information can be found at JDIDC – BICC (John Day Interagency Dispatch Center – Burns Interagency Communication Center) sites online at http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml.
Fire activity will likely have an effect on hunting this season. For more information, visit www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/
For the latest Malheur National Forest news, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/malheur or follow the Forest on Facebook at U.S. Forest Service-Malheur National Forest or on Twitter at @MalheurNF.
The American Red Cross Recovery Services program has completed services as of September 1, 2015, at 4:00 pm. Anyone needing Red Cross services may call 941-620-8454.
Reporting
To report a fire, contact the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 575-1321 or the Burns Interagency Communication Center at (541) 573-1000.

Evacuation Update on Canyon Creek Complex for September 1st

Incident: Canyon Creek Complex Wildfire
Released: 9 p.m.

Canyon Creek Complex PM September 1 As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, All Evacuation Levels Lowered

Fire Information: (541) 820-3643 or (541) 820-3633NEW: No Level 3 Evacuations RemainNEW: Level 2: Residents only in these areas.· All of Strawberry Road· Upper Pine Creek from Berry Ranch Lane and Dean Creek/Baldy Mt.· Upper Indian Creek Road from the Y south (including both the 55 and the 71)· Upper Dog Creek, south of Little Dog Creek

NEW: Level 1:

· All of Prairie City· Lower Pine· Lower Dog· Lower Indian Creek· Gardner Ranch Lane· From J – L south to the end of County Road 65.· Area South and West of the 62 Road from Prairie City south to the Forest BoundaryForest Closure:· The area west of County Road 62, south of the forest boundary (MP 12) and north of the 16 to the junction of FR 15/16 is in a forest closure. CR 62 and the 16 are open for through travel.· Forest Closures remain in effect. Current Forest Orders are available at:http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/malheur/home/?cid=stelprd3845529.Road Closures: Please note that areas in a Level 2 evacuation are open to residents and fire traffic only. Please limit the amount of traffic in these areas.· County Road 60 (Strawberry Road) is closed except for fire traffic and homeowners.· The 15 road remains closed.

· South from Dog Creek to Little Dog Creek is open for residents and fire traffic only.

· Pine Creek Road from Berry Ranch Lane south.

Evacuation level definitions:

LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation.LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate now, leave immediately.

Ready, Set, Go: Fire Managers and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office urge all citizens of Grant County to be aware of the dangers of wildfire and prepared should the need arise to evacuate a fire area. Planning ahead will make the process easier and more efficient. Helpful information can be found by visiting http://wildlandfirersg.org/. The American Red Cross also has important information regarding emergency preparedness at http://www.redcross.org/support/emergency-preparedness for further tips and suggestions.

Ready: Be fire-adapted and ready—Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing in the home know the plan of action.

Set: Situational awareness—Pack your emergency items. Know how to receive and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department and public safety.

Go: Act early—Follow your personal wildland fire action plan. Also be sure to adhere to your local jurisdiction’s evacuation processes. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 1 morning update: County Line 2 fire

Daily Update 9-1-2015

Incident: County Line 2 Fire Wildfire
Released: 8:50 a.m.
The Oregon Incident Management Team #1 (Shawn Sheldon, IC) continues to manage the County Line 2 Fire.
Shawn Sheldon, IC encouraged fire crews to emphasize Communication Responsibilities:
· Brief others as needed
· Debrief your actions
· Communicate hazards to others
· Acknowledge messages
· Ask if you don’t know
Fire crews will continue direct line construction and mop-up operations today. Patrols will continue on the north, south, and east side of fire. Monitoring of established lines and checking for spot fires will continue. In addition, crews will be removing un-needed equipment (“back haul”) from the fire lines.
Low to moderate fire activity is expected today with the possibility of backing, creeping and smoldering fire spread with occasional torching. There still is the possibility for new spot fires from burning or falling snags, rolling material, and tree torching.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) will assume responsibility for the fire at 6 AM on Thursday 9/3. Oregon Incident Management Team #1 (Type II IMT) is completing a Transition Plan with their counterparts from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Today’s temperatures will be in the 60s, relative humidity between 30-45 percent, west to southwest winds 4-7 mph, gusts 10 mph. Increasing clouds in the afternoon. Extended forecast calls for mostly cloudy with a chance of showers.
Fire Information
Phone: 541-553-8190
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/
4533/#
E-Mail
countyline2fireinfo@gmail.com
Fire at a Glance
Size: 67,207 acres
Containment: 88%
Assigned personnel: 480
Aircraft:
1 Type III (70 gal)
1 Type II (700 gal)
1 Type II – on loan
Location: Warm Springs, OR
Closures: None at this time.
Evacuation Notifications:
Level and Area
1
All areas of the Warm Springs Reservation.
Tenino Road-Mile Post 1 through Mile Post 7
Road closed for local and fire fighter traffic only.
2
None
3
None

Gorge rallies to help Canyon City/Prairie City fire victims

A local  effort is now under way to assist the residents of Canyon City and Prairie City who are trying to rebuild their lives.  Wednesday, August 25, a “Community Partnership Fundraiser” was held at The Dalles Burgerville Restaurant, netting more than $1,156, along with several donations of food, school supplies and clothing. More items are desperately needed:

• Gift Cards and Cash

• Tools

Handles (for hand tool repair)

Post hole diggers

Pitchforks

Wheelbarrows

Chainsaws

Shovels, hoes, rakes

Scoop shovels

Fencing supplies

Construction grade extension cords

Splitters for extension cords

Hammers, screwdrivers, drills

Generators

Batteries

Safety glasses

Ratchet straps

Loppers

Splitting mauls

Pick head axes

• Other supplies]

Rope

Propane camp stove and small propane bottles

Tarps

Hoses and sprinklers of all types and sizes

Gas cans

Weedeaters

Moro oil

Lawn chairls

Coolers

Storage totes

Air mattress pumps

Light bulbs

Water storage containers (LARGE)

Can openers

Duct tape, masking tape

Garbage bags

Handheld walkie-talkies

First aid kits

Sugar, salt, [pepper

Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo)

Cooking oil

Contact Justin Zabel (541) 298-5733  at Burgerville, The Dalles, OR

 

Tuesday, September 1 morning update: Canyon Creek Fire

Canyon Creek Complex Morning Fact Sheet for September 1, 2015

Incident: Canyon Creek Complex Wildfire
Released: 8:38 a.m.

Type of Incident: Wildfire

Cause: Lightning

Date of Origin: August 12, 2015

Location: One mile south of the towns of John Day and Canyon City, Oregon.

Types of Fuel: Timber with brush/grass understory; areas of medium density logging slash.Structures Threatened: 100Structures Damaged: 50Residences Destroyed: 43Current Size: 105,687 acresPercent Containment: 49%

Number of Personnel: 966

Types of resources: 3 Type 1 (hotshot) crews, 20 Type 2 crews, 5 helicopters, 54 engines, 17 dozers, 21 water tenders, 9
skidgines, 1 masticator.

Evacuation levels remain the same as yesterday.

Canyon Creek Complex Recent Activities:

• Night shift crews continued to make progress strengthening fire lines and mopping up along the entire northern perimeter of the fire. Fire activity moderated through the night due to higher relative humidity and operation occurred with no issues.• Smoky conditions will continue for some time. Please do not call unless you see active flames near the perimeter of the fire.• Additional resources continue to arrive and are being incorporated into the operational plan, mostly on the northern and eastern flanks to hold the completed line.• Warmer weather will move into the area with slight wind gusts. The priority area today will be the northern and eastern flanks of the fire.• The dozer lines have been extended around spot fires south of Shaw Creek to the wilderness boundary and the arrival of additional Hotshot crews will allow direct attack along the fire further south.• Holding operations will continue in the Road’s End area and firefighters are confident that section of the fire to the south will be secure. Containment actions on the east and south flanks of the Strawberry Wilderness will continue.• Firefighters continue providing structure protection and constructing additional dozer and handline to protect the Dog Creek, Pine, Indian, and Strawberry Creek areas.• Firefighters will continue to bring fire downhill to firelines in the Dean Creek area and remove the threat of uncontrolled fire spread.• An eight-person fire module is assessing opportunities to address the section of the fire within the Strawberry Wilderness as protecting the Strawberry Creek watershed continues to be a top priority.• Repair operations will continue along the entire western and southern flanks.• The Oregon National Guard will continue to work on the western and southern edge of the fire focusing on suppression repair and reinforcing the line.• A full contingent of aircraft power will be active today.ODOT: CR 62, the 16 Road and Highway 395 are open for through travel with no restrictions. Be advised that crews may still be working on the roads and drivers are urged to use caution. Smoke will continue for some time, please do not report unless active fire is seen.Public Safety Alert: If traveling through the area that has burned, please do not leave your vehicles and walk through ashes due to hot spots, stump holes and falling trees.Grant County Sheriff: The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to be respectful of private property and to remain on the road unless invited. Trespassing is punishable by law and violators will be prosecuted.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER): A BAER team has been ordered and will begin to conduct a watershed assessment of the area in order to plan rehabilitation of fire lines
and mitigate soil erosion.

Air Quality Index: Smoke levels may reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups range from time to time. For more specific information visit Oregon Smoke Information at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

Canyon Creek Complex Evening Update for Monday, August 31

Incident: Canyon Creek Complex Wildfire
Released: 10 p.m.

Canyon Creek Complex Evening Update
Monday, August 31, 2015
Fire Information: (541) 820-3643 or (541) 820-3633
Email Address: canyoncreekcomplex@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/canyoncreekfireoregon and/or
www.facebook.com/malheurnationalforest
Malheur NF www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4495/
Twitter: @CanyonCreekFire and/or @MalheurNF

Firefighters Make Good Progress Today; Evacuation Levels Remain the Same

JOHN DAY, OR – Moderate weather and higher relative humidity allowed firefighters to use direct attack methods today. Firefighters made good progress on priority hot spots, securing active firelines and continuing to rehab dozer lines in containment areas.

In the Marysville and Dog Creek Road areas, crews initiated direct attack by bringing the fire’s edge downhill to existing constructed firelines, thereby limiting this part of the fire from uncontrolled expansion. Tomorrow firefighters will continue this treatment in hopes of completing the operation by the evening.

In the Pine Creek and Indian Creek areas firefighters deployed hose lays and water pumps in their direct suppression efforts. The Shaw Draw area, where the fire ran out into the grassland on Saturday, is secured and firefighters were busy mopping up the area today.

On the northeast side of the fire, firefighters were busy securing a hot spot located just outside the fire’s perimeter. The fireline was completed around the entire spot by using air support and dozers.

Hotshot crews scouted the fire’s eastern flank within the wilderness area in order to assess direct attack options. Helicopters dropped buckets of water on two hotspots in the Strawberry Lake area and an eight person wildland fire module crew will begin assessing fire behavior at this location.

In the southeast part of the fire, along the 1640 Road (a.k.a., Road’s End), crews completed a burnout along the wilderness boundary. They are now in a holding pattern, looking for hotspots this evening and planning to start mopping up tomorrow. Crews continued to progress with suppression repair work of dozer and hand lines along the western and southern sections of the fire.

The weather will continue to be milder tomorrow with temperatures increasing into the 80s and west winds increasing to 20 to 25 mph on the ridgetops in the afternoon. In the early evening, wind gusts could be as high as 35 mph.

Smoke and scattered fires will be visible at times within the fire perimeter as the fire continues to consume unburned patches of timber. Two portable smoke monitors are deployed in Prairie City and Seneca. Real-time smoke readings are available at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
Forest Closure related to the fire is currently in effect: the Canyon Creek Complex Fire Closure and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. Copies of the closure order and map are available atwww.fs.usda.gov/detail/malheur/home/?cid=stelprd3845529.

Please be advised of fire traffic and smoky conditions throughout the area. Forest officials ask that the public stay clear of all fire-related activities.

Additional Information

CR 62 and the 16 Road are open to through traffic. Highway 395 is open to traffic, however, firefighters, equipment and the power company are working along the side of the road and drivers should expect short delays. Drivers are urged to use caution and encouraged to drive with headlights on through these areas. Do not stop and go into burned areas for safety reasons.

The Malheur National Forest is bringing in a burned area emergency response team (BAER) to develop a restoration plan for the fire area

Public Safety Alert: If traveling through the area that has burned, please do not leave your vehicles and walk through ashes due to hot spots, stump holes and falling trees.

Ready, Set, Go – Given the current weather and fire conditions in Grant County, it is a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. Visit http://wildlandfirersg.org/ for further information about how to be prepared and what to pack for emergency evacuations. The American Red Cross also has important information regarding emergency preparedness. Go to http://www.redcross.org/support/emergency-preparedness for further tips and suggestions.

Additional area fire information can be found at JDIDC – BICC (John Day Interagency Dispatch Center – Burns Interagency Communication Center) sites online at http://bicc-jdidc.org/index.shtml.

Fire activity will affect hunting this season. For more information, visitwww.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/

Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) drops retardant on the Canyon Creek Complex Fire.  Traci Weaver / NPS

Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) drops retardant on the Canyon Creek Complex Fire. Traci Weaver / NPS

 

Canyon Creek Complex Morning Fact Sheet for Monday, August 31

Incident: Canyon Creek Complex Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

Fire Information: (541) 820-3643 or (541) 820-3633 (staffed 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Email Address: canyoncreekcomplex@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/canyoncreekfireoregon
Malheur NF: www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4495/
Twitter: @MalheurNF
Air Quality Index: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Type of Incident: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: August 12, 2015
Location: One mile south of the towns of John Day and Canyon City, Oregon.
Types of Fuel: Timber with brush/grass understory; areas of medium density logging slash.
Structures Threatened: 100
Structures Damaged: 50
Residences Destroyed: 43
Current Size: 105,048 acres
Percent Containment: 49%
Number of Personnel: 1026
Types of resources: 3 Type 1 (hotshot) crews, 20 Type 2 crews, 5 helicopters, 69 engines, 17 dozers, 27 water tenders, 9 skidgines, 1 masticator.

Evacuation levels remain the same as yesterday.


Canyon Creek Complex Recent Activities:
• Night shift crews continued to make progress strengthening fire lines and mopping up along the entire northern perimeter of the fire. Fire activity moderated through the night due to higher relative humidity and operation occurred with no issues.
• Additional resources continue to arrive and are being incorporated into the operational plan, mostly on the northern and eastern flanks.
• Moderate weather and higher relative humidity will allow firefighters opportunities to improve lines and use direct attack methods in some areas of the fire. The priority area today will be the northern and eastern flanks of the fire.
• The dozer lines have been extended around spot fires south of Shaw Creek to the wilderness boundary and the arrival of additional Hotshot crews will allow direct attack along the fire further south.
• Burnout operations will continue in the Road’s End area and fire fighters are confident that section of the fire to the south will be secure.
• Firefighters continue providing structure protection and constructing additional dozer and handline to protect the Dog Creek, Pine, Indian, and Strawberry Creek areas.
• Firefighters will assess the possibility to bring fire downhill to firelines in the Dean Creek area and remove the threat of uncontrolled fire spread.
• An eight-person fire module will assess the possible opportunities for addressing the section of the fire within the Strawberry Wilderness as protecting the Strawberry Creek watershed in the wilderness continues to be a top priority.
• Fireline repair operations will continue along the entire western and southern flanks.
• The Oregon National Guard will continue to work on the western and southern edge of the fire focusing on suppression repair and reinforcing the line.
• With lighter winds in the forecast, aviation resources are available for use today.

ODOT:
CR 62, the 16 Road and Highway 395 are open for through travel with no restrictions. Be advised that crews may still be working on the roads and drivers are urged to use caution. Smoke will continue for some time, please do not report unless active fire is seen.

Public Safety Alert:
If traveling through the area that has burned, please do not leave your vehicles and walk through ashes due to hot spots, stump holes and falling trees.

Grant County Sheriff:
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to be respectful of private property and to remain on the road unless invited. Trespassing is punishable by law and violators will be prosecuted.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER):
A BAER team has been ordered and will begin to conduct a water shed assessment of the area in order to plan rehabilitation of fire lines and mitigate soil erosion.

Air Quality Index:
Smoke levels are predicted to in the moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups range. For more specific information visit Oregon Smoke Information at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.