Sunday morning: Logging Unit Fire update

Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. PDT Fire Status Update 

Incident  Total Acres  % Contained  Total Personnel 
Logging Unit Fires 7328 0 310

News & Highlights for the Logging Unit Fires: 

Camas Prairie/Logging Unit Fire continues to be active, prompting a Level 2 notification to tribal members living in the Sidwalter Estates area as of 8:30 a.m. this morning. Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification. The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road. 

Motorists traveling on Highway 26 should expect varying degrees of smoke impacts associated with fire activity. Be prepared for additional heavy equipment on the highway, including heavy traffic from fire engines and fire crews. Motorists are advised to be particularly vigilant at the Warm Springs/Ka-nee-ta turnoff at Hwy 26. 

The Skyline Fire also increased in activity yesterday, prompting a night shift. 

Additional resources continue to arrive: Four interagency hotshot crews, several 20-person hand crews, 20 engines, 7 dozers and 4 water tenders are currently assigned. In addition, two Blackhawk helicopters and 2 Chinook helicopters are being shared with the Shaniko Butte Fire. 

Plans are being made to identify safe areas for huckleberry picking; more information to be provided. 

Crews are taking care to keep equipment out of prairies, riparian areas and the South Fork of the Warm Springs River. 

The old mill site is a historical site that is being protected with dozer line and sprinklers. 

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is in Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 (shutdown) and expects long duration of extreme fire danger levels. 

Warm Springs tribal members are advised to stay indoors or inside vehicles to limit exposure to smoke. For more information about wildfire smoke and air quality, visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Logging Unit Operations Summary:  Yesterday on the north flank of the Bear Butte 2 Fire, firefighters made good progress with indirect tactics and handline. Dozer line construction will begin today in the Milk Creek and Bald Peter areas. Crews will construct handline, prep for burnout operations, and scout for line construction and contingency lines.  On the Skyline Fire, which is approximately 80 acres in size, crews have also made good progress; 1/3 mile of line is needed to complete a line around the fire. The Haily Butte Fire is mostly lined and crews will continue to improve the line today and being mop-up. On the Logging Unit/Camas Prairie Fire, an anchor point is established on the west flank. The fire’s progression yesterday has moved it closer to the flats, where fuels are lighter, increasing rates of spread but reducing intensity. Crews and aircraft, including heavy helicopters and air tankers, will be focusing efforts around the powerline.  National Guard helicopters were utilized yesterday and will be used again today for work on the Camas Prairie/Logging Unit Fire. Three initial attack helicopters stationed at Warm Springs are available on an as-needed basis, dependent upon their availability.  FIRE FACTS:  Mt Hood

National Forest Closures:    • FR 4220 between FR 46 and Warm Springs   • Closure area near Ollalie Lakes   • Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Road 42 at the Joe Graham Campground (Mile 2083). For additional information on the Pacific Crest Trail status, contact the Mt Hood National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/mthood or the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org 

Logging Unit Fires: Located on Warm Springs Agency approximately 25 miles NW of Warm Springs. Fire is burning in mixed conifer above 3800 feet and ponderosa pine below 3800 feet and grass & brush at lower elevations.

Started: July 13, 2014.

Cause: Under investigation; significant lightning activity has occurred within the last week.

Location: Western boundary of Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs lands.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Snags, power lines, rattlesnakes, scorpions, bears, rugged terrain, access to adequate safety zones, livestock, steep and dusty roads, rolling material, reburns.

RESOURCE CONCERNS: Main concerns include the threat to commercial timber and natural resources on Warm Springs lands, including old growth trees, pristine spring chinook runs, water quality, wildlife, plant and cultural concerns.

WEATHER: Warm conditions with westerly winds should predominate the weather over the Logging Unit Fires area today. A little cooler than yesterday with highs 70s to mid 80s across the fire area. WNW winds are expected to be gusty during the afternoon through sunset. Conditions will remain dry through today. On Monday, expect some cooling with additional cloud cover, increasing humidity and a chance of showers and thunderstorms late Monday.

TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire spread will again be primarily through short range spotting. Fire spread should be moderate, unless fire aligns with wind, slope and continuous fuels, and then a high degree of resistance to control can be expected. A moderate inversion to lift by 11:00 a.m. Expect moderate to heavy smoke as fire activity increases; heavy smoke may hamper aviation support mid-afternoon to early evening. The Camas Prairie Fire has transitioned into dry ponderosa pine with grass understory. Rates of spread will increase with wind assistance but intensity should be reduced. Expect fire behavior to increase mid-morning on the west flank of Fort Butte and potential spotting across Cedar Creek to the south.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Warm Springs Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mt Hood National Forest, Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest and Prineville Bureau of Land Management.

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Sunday evening fire report; many fires updated

This report was issued by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening

RED text indicates changed information since the last update

Central Oregon –Gusty wind in the afternoon on the Ochoco and Waterman Complexes made it difficult for firefighters to secure lines. However, cooler weather and cloud cover on the Bridge 99 Fire allowed crews to have a very successful day and crews were beginning burnout operations around 6:30 p.m. to strengthen containment lines.

A new fire #412, which began from a lightning struck tree in the general area of the Ochoco Complex, grew to 3 acres ; however, initial attack crews and engines were able to respond quickly though the fire is still active. A house fire around noon near Turner Creek in the McKay Creek area spread to public lands on the Ochoco National Forest. Engine crews responded to the fire and it was contained to 1/3 of an acre.

 

 

Fire Name Location Size (ESTIMATES) Activity
Bridge 99 Complex

Deschutes National Forest

Bridge 99 – ½ mile east of Lower Bridge Campground, 9 miles north of Camp Sherman off of FS Rd.

1490

 

Bear Butte 2 adjacent to Jefferson Creek and west of Park Creek drainage within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

 

 

 5,310 acres TOTAL

20% contained

 

Bridge 99 Fire is 4, acres

 

Bear Butte 2 Fire is  611 acres

 

CHANGE IN ACREAGES IS DUE TO THE TRANSFER OF A PORTION OF THE BEAR BUTTE 2 FIRE TO THE LOGGING UNITS FIRE

 

 

 

Oregon Incident Management Team 2 is managing the fire.  For more information on the fire:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/#  or phone: 541-549-3219.

 

EVACUATIONS in place: All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are in a Level III Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision is in a Level II Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are in a Level I Evacuation Order.

 

CLOSURES:  Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersectin with Forest Road 1400/700(Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/118 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140 an Forest Road 1420400.  The Jefferson Lake Trail (#40001.1), Sugarpine Ridge trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003), Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) and the Pacific Crest Trail north of the Shirley Lake Trail and south of the Willamette National Forest boundary in the Cathedral Rocks Area are closed.

Center Fire

Prineville BLM

Post-Paulina Rangeland Protection Association

3 miles NE of Post.

Private and

2,800 acres

25% contained

The fire made a run to the east yesterday causing significant growth in the fire acreage.
Logging Unit Fires

Warm Springs Reservation

Mt. Hood National Forest

Deschutes National Forest

North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire 7,328 acres Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires. The Logging Unit Fires currently include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2. The south side of Bear Butte 2 is being managed by the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett FIllis).

 

For more information on the web: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3973/

 

EVACUATIONS: A Level 2 Notification has been issued to the residents of the Sid Walter Flat Area. Approximately 54 residences are affected by the notification.  The fire is approximately 3.5 miles from the closest structure and 8 miles from the Incident Command Post on County Line Road.

 

CLOSURES:  On the Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Road 4220 between Forest Road 46 and Warm Springs.  Closure area near Ollalie Lakes.

 

Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Forest  Road 42 at the Joe Graham campground (Mile 2083)

 

Ochoco Complex-

Ochoco National Forest Service

Prineville BLM

 

 

 

Oscar Canyon Fire

17 miles E of Post

 

Lava Fire

Near the junction of FS Road 22 and FS Road 4210, near the NW corner of Big Summit Prairie

 

Fox Fire

3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study area, near FS Road 4230.

 

 

Broadway Fire

S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

 

AntelopFire

3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900

2,596 acres TOTAL

 

234 acres

80% contained

 

168 acres

 

 

 

 

 

7,000 Acres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 acres

 

 

 

21 acres

Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 is managing the fires.  The complex includes 4 fires (Lava, Fox, Broadway, and Antelope) on the Ochoco National Forest and the Oscar Canyon Fire burning on the Prineville BLM within the North Fork Wilderness Study area.  The Oscar and Fox fires burned together today.

 

There was significant growth in the Fox Fire today with gusty winds throughout the afternoon pushing the fire to the south and east. The  Lava Fire experienced some moderate growth today, but was not as active as the Fox Fire.

 

Mopping up on the Broadway and Antelope fires is ongoing and the team hopes to move resources from those fires to the Fox and Lava fires in the next day or two.
CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure that encompasses all National Forest system lands from Forest Road 42, along both the north and south forest boundary to Highway 26 on the west, with additional acreage north of the Mill Creek Wilderness. The closure covers all campgrounds, trailheads, forest roads, and developed facilities on National Forest System lands within the closure area.

 

The closure order and a map of the closure is located on the web at:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3972

Pine Creek Complex

Now includes:

Pine Creek Fire

Jack Knife Fire

Black Rock Fire

Donny Brook Fire

 

Sherman County

Oregon Department of Forestry

Prineville BLM

Ash Butte Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Private lands

 

 

 

Pine Creek Fire

11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

 

Jack Knife Fire

Lower John Day Recreation Area, Sherman County, 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.

 

Black Rock Fire

3 miles NW of Clarno; NW of the Pine Creek Fire

 

Donny Brook Fire

11 miles SW of Antelope

 

129,178 acres TOTAL

 

29,490 acres

15% contained

 

 

 

13,263 acres

80% contained

 

 

 

34,177 acres

 

 

 

 

22,756 acres

 A Type II Western Montana Team (Fry) is managing these fires and the team took over the management of the Donny Brook fire this morning.  The team felt that they had a very good day today on the firelines and made progress on suppression activities.

 

EVACUATIONS: Wheeler County Sheriff Dept. issued Level II Evacuation Orders for scattered homes in the Brush Creek area near Twickenham.

 

CLOSURES: The John Day River remains open; however, people recreating on the river should be aware that helicopters may be working in the area and dipping into the river and use appropriate caution.

Shaniko Butte

Warm Springs Reservation

12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

 

42,000 acre

50% containment

Oregon Incident Management Team 1 is managing the fire.  Firefighters were not able to complete their planned burnout operation today because the relative humidity was too high and horses had grazed the grass too short. The grass was cropped low and would not carry fire because it was just a little too damp, so the firefighters finally had to stop trying to ignite it. Crews used the extra time to further improve the line in preparation for later ignition, and also to more thoroughly patrol the river area and extinguish any hot spots that were discovered.

 

For information on this fire, contact the Shaniko Butte incident at 541-553-8190, or look for information on at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3960/

 

EVACUATIONS:  Level 2 for all residences in the vicinity of Dant, OR and Level 1 for all residences in the vicinity of Road S-300 and in the Kaskela area.

 

CLOSURES: S-300/Highway 3 Junction and Redlake Cemetery Road/Highway 3 Junction.

 

The BLM OPENED the Lower Deschutes River today at 6 a.m. Rafters should be aware that river rangers may need to hold rafters at times to allow for water dips in the river by helicopters.

Sunflower Fire

Umatilla National Forest

 

 

10 miles NNE of Monument 5,900 acres

20% containment

The fire is burning on the south side of the Wall creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks has moved into the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainages.  Localized winds caused torching and spotting throughout the day yesterday.

 

For more information contact the fire information line (1-800-923-6891) or find information on the web at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/

 

CLOSURES: National Forest System Road (NFSR) 22 from the junction with NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 in Section 23, T6S, R26E to the south and east to the Section 20 & Section 21 border; thence southerly along the Section 20 & Section 21 border from the NFSR 22, Section 20 & 21 border junction to the NFSR 22 where it crosses the Section 29 & Section 28; thence south westerly on NFSR 22 to the junction with NFSR 23 in Section 29, T7S, R27; thence west on NFSR 23 to the junction with NFSR 2128 in Section 25 of T7S, R26E; thence northerly on NFSR 2128 to where it intersects with the Morrow County OHV park boundary on the northwest corner of Section 2, T7S, R26E; thence easterly and northerly along the boundary of OHV park to where the OHV park boundary meets the NFSR 22 road on the boundary of Section 23 & Section 26, T6S, R26E; thence northerly to the NFSR 22 and NFSR 21 junction in Section 23, T6S, R26E.

Ward Canyon

Private lands

South Sherman County

8 miles west of Antelope Estimated at 15,000 acres The fire continues to be managed by South Sherman County.
Waterman Complex

Oregon Department of Forestry

Ochoco National Forest

Bailey Butte (private land west of Mitchell).

Toney Butte (10 miles northeast of Spray, just east of Hwy 207).

Junction Springs

 

11,905 acres TOTAL

35% contained

 

Bailey Butte

9,685 acres

20% contained

 

Toney Butte

2,200 acres

100% contained

 

Junction Springs

20 acres

100% contained

 

#376

.25 acres

100% contained

 

Three fires and a small fire (.25 acres) are being managed as a complex. A Type II Incident Management Team has taken over management of the fire. For more information, visit:http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

 

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

Email: watermancomplex2014@gmail.com

 

Burnout operations on the fire had to be stopped due to windy conditions, but hope that those burnout operations can begin this evening as the winds reduce.  The Toney Butte Fire is considered a 100% contained and only aerial monitoring of the fire will continue

 

EVACUATIONS:  The Crook County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with fire managers, has lowered the Evacuation Notice to a Level 2 in the Marks Creek areas of 9 a.m. this morning.  The Evacuation Level for the West Branch area was lowered to a Level 2 today.

 

Hwy 26 remains closed 16 miles E of Prineville. Hwy opening planned for tomorrow is delayed for 24 hours  because adverse wind conditions did not allow burnout operations to secure the road today.

 

ALTERNATE ROUTE BETWEEN PRINEVILLE AND MITCHELL: An alternate driving route through the Ochoco National Forest between Prineville and Mitchell is open, but the Forest Roads can be steep, rock and washed out in places.  People should have a map and an appropriate vehicle before choosing this route.

 

From Prineville, turn south on Combs Flat Road and continue east on Highway 380 past Post and Paulina.  About 5 miles east of Pualina, turn north on Wolf Creek Road and continue north to a Y where Forest Road 42 and Forest Road 58 depart. Take Forest Road 42.  The road passes Salters Cabin campground and Wolf Creek campground as it enters the national forest.

 

Follow Forest Road 42 to Six Corners junction, then turn onto Forest Road 122, which leaves the junction heading east before turning north.  Stay on Forest Road 12 to its junction with Highway 26, about 10 miles east of Mitchell.

 

For additional information, please contact Patrick Lair, Ochoco NF Public Affairs Officer, at 541-416-6647.

 

CLOSURES: Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and 2750.  Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide and Whistler campgrounds are all closed.

 

Sunday afternoon Shaniko Butte fire update

The following report was issued Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p/m/:

Firefighters were not able to complete their planned burnout operation today because the relative humidity was too high and horses had grazed the grass too short. The grass was cropped low and would not carry fire because it was just a little too damp, so the firefighters finally had to stop trying to ignite it. Crews used the extra time to further improve the line in preparation for later ignition, and also to more thoroughly patrol the river area and extinguish any hot spots that were discovered.Fire at a Glance

Size: 42,000 acres

Containment: 50%

Location: 15 miles north of the town of Warm Springs, Oregon

Cause: Started by lightning on Sunday, July 13, 2014

Assigned personnel: 622

Aircraft:

1 Heavy-lift KMAX helicopter

1 Medium-lift helicopter

1 Light-lift helicopter

Road Closures:

· S-300/Highway 3 Junction

· Red Lake Cemetery Road/ Highway 3 Junction

River Closures:

· Deschutes River from Trout Creek to Long Bend reopens at 6:00 AM Sunday, July 20

Notifications: Level and Area

1. All residences in the vicinity of Road S-300 and in the Kaskela area

2. All residences in the vicinity of Dant, OR

3. none

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Saturday morning update: Bridge 99 Complex

Sisters OR - The Bridge 99 Complex consists of two fires (Bridge 99 Fire and Bear Butte 2 Fire) started by lightning on Sunday July 13.  The complex grew in size from yesterday by 1,180 acres and is now 7,549 acres.

The 4,231-acre Bridge 99 Fire increased by 544 acres from yesterday and is burning 18 miles northwest of the town of Sisters, east of the Metolius River and on the west-facing slopes of Green Ridge.  The growth of this fire yesterday was towards the north.  Yesterday, crews were successful in securing the southern part of the fire line along Forest Road 14, east of the Metolius River.  Burnout operations reduced the light vegetation or fuels along the road.  Fire crews installed a system of fire hoses charged with water to better prevent escape fire. The Bear Butte 2 Fire is estimated to be 3,318 acres, an increase of 636 acres fromyesterday and grew towards the north.  It is located 4.5 miles southeast of Mt. Jefferson. Approximately 2,729 acres have burned on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs land, with the remaining fire area located in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area.

The Bear Butte 2 Fire is 7 miles northwest of the Bridge 99 Fire.  Yesterday’s fire growth was far less than expected.  Crews and dozers continued fireline construction on the east flank of the Bear Butte 2 Fire and improved existing road systems for better access and stronger containment lines.  Fire suppression responsibilities for the Warm Springs Lands on the Bear Butte 2 Fire have been transferred to an incident management team working on the Logging Unit Fire based near Warm Springs.

 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following evacuation orders:

All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are in a Level III Evacuation Order.  The Three Rivers Subdivision is in a Level II Evacuation Order.  The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with the Cove Palisades State Park are in a Level I Evacuation Order.  These evacuation orders have not changed from yesterday.

 

 

Saturday morning status: Logging Unit Fires on Warm Springs Reservation

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. PDT Fire Status Update 

Incident  Total Acres  % Contained  Total Personnel 
Logging Unit Fires 6,000* 0 127

*Rough approximation of acreage until more accurate mapping is obtained

News & Highlights for the Logging Unit Fires: 

Logging Unit Operations Summary: The Logging Unit Fires currently include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2. The south side of Bear Butte 2 is being managed by the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett FIllis). Today with the limited resources available, firefighters will focus on the Skyline (near Timothy Lake) and Haily Fires. Additional resources have been ordered and operations personnel will continue to assess and prepare a strategy for the Logging Unit and Camas Prairie Fires. The Camas Prairie Fire was very active on the S/SE flank yesterday afternoon noon, with prolific spotting occurring ahead of the fire.

Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Schulte) took command of the Logging Unit Fires on July 18 at 10:00 p.m. The Incident Command Post is being established off the County Line Road on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands. 

Due to the remote location, extremely dry and heavy fuels, rugged terrain, and limited firefighting resources, the Logging Unit Fires are expected to pose significant difficulties. Currently, two 20-person hand crews and seven engines are assigned to the incident. 

Main concerns include the threat to commercial timber and natural resources on Warm Springs lands, including old growth trees, pristine spring chinook runs, summer steelhead, bull trout, spotted owls, water quality, wild berries, bear, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, elk and mountain goats. 

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is in Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 (shutdown) and expects long duration of extreme fire danger levels. 

Warm Springs tribal members are advised to stay indoors or inside vehicles to limit exposure to smoke. For more information about wildfire smoke and air quality, visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com 

FIRE FACTS:  Mt Hood National Forest Closures:  • FR 4220 between FR 46 and Warm Springs • Closure area near Ollalie Lakes • Pacific Crest Trail from Breitenbush Lake (Mile 2047.1) to Road 42 at the Joe Graham Campground (Mile 2083). Alternative route: West on 4220 Road at Breitenbush Lake to Road 46, north on Road 46 to Road 4660, east on Road 4660 to the junction with the Road 4661, north on Road 4661 to the junction with Roads 5732 and 140. Take the 140 spur north and then east to Peavine Springs area. Take the 141 spur east past Summit Lake Campground to Road 42, north on Road 42 to the PCT/Road 42 intersection across from Joe Graham Campground north of Road 57. • For additional information on the Pacific Crest Trail status, contact the Mt Hood National Forest at www.fs.usda.gov/mthood or the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org 

Logging Unit Fires: Located on Warm Springs Agency. Started: July 13, 2014. Cause: Under investigation; significant lightning activity has occurred within the last week. Location: Western boundary of Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs lands.

SAFETY CONCERNS: Snags, power lines, rattlesnakes, scorpions, bears, rugged terrain, access to adequate safety zones. WEATHER: Partly cloudy and becoming breezy in the afternoon. Max temps 80-88 and min humidity 23-24%. Winds W 2-6 mph becoming NW 7-16 mph. TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire behavior is expected to pick up around 1 p.m. today; areas of concern will be on the Logging Unit fire south of Cedar Creek and the south flank of Fort Butte. Unburned islands of fuel will burn aggressively today with passive crowning expected. Firefighters are on alert for lift and loft of embers, with spotting distance up to • mile expected and probability of ignition 60-80%. COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Warm Springs Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Mt Hood National Forest, Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest and Prineville Bureau of Land Management.

Non-tribal members may continue to recreate at Trout Lake, Whitewater Canyon, and Bald Peter. 

Motorists traveling on Highway 26 should expect varying degrees of smoke impacts associated with fire activity. Be prepared for additional heavy equipment on the highway. The Mt Hood National Forest has implemented an area closure in the Olallie area (see below).  Logging Unit Operations Summary:  The Logging Unit Fires currently include Camas Prairie, Logging Unit, Skyline, Haily and the north side of Bear Butte 2. The south side of Bear Butte 2 is being managed by the Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Brett FIllis). Today with the limited resources available, firefighters will focus on the Skyline (near Timothy Lake) and Haily Fires. Additional resources have been ordered and operations personnel will continue to assess and prepare a strategy for the Logging Unit and Camas Prairie Fires. The Camas Prairie Fire was very active on the S/SE flank yesterday afternoon noon, with prolific spotting occurring ahead of the fire. To see original report, click on the red PDF button below:

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Stabbing leads to arrest of Hood River man

Dale Allen BushThe following is a release from the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, sent out Saturday, July 19 at 11:23 am:
HOOD RIVER, ORE. – Just after 6 p.m. on July 17, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office and Parkdale Fire were called to the 3800 block of Paul Partlow Dr. on an alleged stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies located fifty-four year old Richard E. Wilson of Ocean Park, WA, who was suffering from life threatening knife wounds. A deputy and neighbors performed life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived.Wilson was transported from the scene via Life Flight to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where he remained in critical condition Thursday night.The initial investigation continued into Friday morning and led to the arrest of a neighboring Paul Partlow resident. Dale Allen Bush, 66, was lodged at NORCOR on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault I.

Following the arrest, HRCSO personnel executed a search warrant at Bush’s residence. The investigation is on-going.

On the NORCOR website, bail is set at $1.25 million.

 

Wildfire Smoke Inhalation Prevention Information

Several fires are burning in and around Oregon and County health officials are providing the following information to help local residents proactively avoid illness from wildfire smoke inhalation.

People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children, are advised to stay indoors. Poor air quality conditions are a health threat and should be avoided by all residents in smoky communities. Remember, local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly depending on weather factors, including wind direction.

Take the following precautions to avoid breathing problems or other symptoms from smoke:

1. Be aware of smoke concentrations in your area.

2. Avoid outdoor exertion during such conditions. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity including sports practice, work
and recreation.

3. Drink lots of water – staying hydrated can keep your airways moist which will help reduce symptoms of
respiratory irritation such as scratchy throat, running nose and coughing.

4. Try to avoid driving in smoky areas. If you do need to drive in these areas, keep your windows rolled up and
vents closed. If you need air conditioning, make sure you set your system on “re-circulate” to avoid bringing
smoke into your car.

5. Avoid smoke by staying indoors, closing all windows and doors and use a filter in your heating/cooling system
that removes very fine particulate matter.

6. People with concerns about health issues, including those suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems,
should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if
necessary.

Helpful links:

Oregon Smoke blog for the latest on fires and air quality across the state.

DEQ’s Air Quality Index for current air quality conditions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet about the health threats from wildfire smoke

OHA wildfires webpage

For more information, please contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600 or visit us on the
web at www.ncphd.org.