8/10 -9:00 am South Valley Fire update – 100% contained

South Valley Road. OR-954S-000018. IMT1, ODF Team 2 (Cline). 7 mi SW of Dufur, OR. Start 8/1. Full Suppression.
Cause: Other. 20,026 acres (+0). 80% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Grass and timber. Structures threatened.
Evacuations in effect.

 

7:15 am  Monday morning, short summary from the Northwest Coordination Center: South Valley Road. OR-954S-000018. IMT1, ODF Team 2 (Cline). 7 mi SW of Dufur, OR. Start 8/1. Full Suppression. Cause: Other. 20,026 acres (+0). 60% containment. Minimal fire behavior. Grass and timber. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect.

 

8/4 – 10:31 am

It was a busy and productive night for firefighters as they continue to strengthen containment lines and extinguish hot spots 25’ or more interior from those lines. OSFM resources have reduced the threat to structures by removing fuels and mopping up hotspots. Unburned interior pockets of fuel will be assessed today and measures taken to reduce the threat of embers igniting them.

With the majority of the fire’s heat located in the Winslow Rd area, a hose line was put in place to assist firefighters with mopping up those areas. The north and east flanks of the fire continue to cool and firefighters will be assessing those containment lines for strength and mopping up the perimeters. With the risk to the structures reduced, structure protection task forces will begin to demobilize today, with the last task force anticipating being released tomorrow morning.

Weather will be warmer and drier than yesterday with afternoon winds on the fire this afternoon increasing, which will continue to challenge firefighters on the line today. Some atmospheric instability will be over the fire today which could cause some erratic and gusty winds to form.

Aviation resources today will continue to support firefighter by using retardant and helicopter water drops. Firefighters will continue to monitor for hazards which include snags, smoldering tree stump pits and heavy duff.

A community meeting will be held at the Christian Church at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, located at 315 Harrison Street, Dufur, OR. Fire managers and other local emergency services personnel will be available for a fire update and to answer any related questions. It will also be posted on FaceBook live via the South Valley/Substation Fire 2018 Facebook page.

Evacuations and Structures:
With the threat to structures reduced, the Wasco County Sheriff has lowered all Level 3 evacuations to a Level 2 as of this morning. Current Level 1 evacuation orders remain unchanged. For further details on evacuation orders visit the Wasco County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The Bureau of Land Management will continue to keep Segment 3 of the Deschutes River corridor from Sandy Beach to Mack’s Canyon open unless conditions change for the worse.

Currently, there are no road closures in effect.
There are 172 homes threatened by the fire. The Red Cross is available to provide shelter support to those displaced. Contact them at 1- 888-680-1455.
The State Fire Marshal has completed damage assessments and reported 14 structures destroyed– three primary structures and eleven outbuildings.

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#SouthValleyFire #ODF #OSFM

 

8/3 – 10:07 pm

Evening Update for the South Valley Fire:
Dufur, OR – Afternoon winds on the fire continued to challenge firefighters on the line today as they worked to strengthen containment lines on the western and southern edges of the fire. Resources were moved from less active areas of the fire to the area around Dufur Gap Road. Firefighters were able to hold the fire in check using retardant, helicopter water drops, and ground resources. The weather was also cooperative as wind patterns shifted pushing the fire back into areas which were already burned. Fireline in other areas of the fire saw an increase in containment as firefighters worked to cool areas adjacent to the line and locate hot spots. Wind fanned areas of the fire stirred embers within the fire perimeter. These embers pose a significant risk igniting areas outside the fireline; firefighters are watchful for this potential.

Fire managers hosted a public meeting in Dufer this evening to provide information about fire activity and future plans. Chris Cline, ODF Incident Commander is cautiously optimistic, “We’re not out of this yet, but this thing is really coming together. We are starting to see real progress in most of the fire area.” Planned operations for tonight include mop-up in areas where containment lines have held working interior from the fireline twenty-five feet or more. Firefighters will also continue to work holding containment lines in the more active areas while structural task forces provide protection to homes and structures within the fire area.

A community meeting will be held at the Christian Church at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, located at 315 Harrison Street, Dufur, OR. Fire managers and other local emergency services personnel will be available for a fire update and to answer any related questions.

Evacuations and Structures:

Wasco County Sheriff has implemented Level 1 and 3 evacuation orders. For details on evacuation orders visit Wasco County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The Bureau of Land Management will continue to keep Segment 3 of the Deschutes River corridor from Sandy Beach to Mack’s Canyon open unless conditions change for the worse.

Currently, there are no road closures in effect.

There are 172 homes threatened by the fire with 516 people under a Level 3 evacuation. The Red Cross is available to provide shelter support to those displaced. Contact them at 1- 888-680-1455.

The State Fire Marshal has stated that at least eleven structures have been destroyed. State Fire Marshal personnel are in the field, continuing to determine the extent of the fire’s impact to structures.

#SouthValleyFire #ODF #OSFM

 

8/3 – 5:02 pm

This afternoon firefighters on the western edge of the fire are seeing significant heat and fire pushing against the containment line. The wind has been pushing the fire back into the black, but unburned fuels within the fire perimeter have continued to flare up. ODF’s Incident Management Team 2 is engaged in their second operational shift today following challenging fire activity during last night’s nightshift.

Current acreage stands at 21,675

 

8/03 update 10 am

Fire crews continued to work hard through the night, and cooler temperatures should continue to aid them today. Below you’ll find an updated evacuation map.
* If you were previously in a level 3 zone, you’re still at level 3 this morning.
* The previous level 2 zone (197/216 at the blinking light to Sherar’s Bridge) has been downgraded to level 1.
* Last night’s new level 1 zone remains in place.

* Hwy 197 is open at this time. This could change quickly, plan for delays or detours. We ask that you stop calling and messaging the Sheriffs Office for road updates and instead utilize www.tripcheck.com or call 511.

If you are anywhere in the vicinity of this fire, please exercise caution and remain aware and alert for changes.

Scroll down our page for a thread listing animal resources. You can also find additional resources here:
https://www.facebook.com/SouthValley.SubstationFire2018/

As always, please understand that we cannot always answer questions, comments, or private messages during an active incident. Please keep phone lines to our dispatch center open unless you have an emergency. #SouthValleyFire 08/03/18 0951 hrs

8/03 morning update 8:30

Dufur, OR – Firefighters overnight made good containment progress on the fire despite
gusty and battling winds that remained strong through most of the night. Northwesterly
winds were dominant until early this morning when unexpected easterly winds pushed the fire out of the heavily fuel loaded Larch and Pine Creek drainages on the west side of the fire. The fire jumped containment lines and established in lighter fuels causing some fast runs. Fire crews, with support of farmers, were able to contain the fire utilizing the Heberlein and Winslow road systems along with dozers. All other sections of the fire are reported to look favorable going into today.
“Hold and check” is the mission given to firefighters today, as winds are expected to be
similar to yesterday. Crews will continue reinforcing the lines by extinguishing hotspots
close to the line with an emphasis on the areas that burned last night and the areas that
will be most impacted by the winds. Structure protection task forces will continue to work
around the homes assessing for damage and loss as well as mopping up.
The weather today is supposed to be slightly lower in temperature and higher humidity
than yesterday, but forecasted winds can easily overcome that slight reprieve. Winds are
the most influential weather factor determining fire behavior, especially in the lighter fuels that are dominant on this fire. The trend over the next few days is to return to hot and dry.
Fuels are being recorded in record lows for moisture content making them very flamable.
Firefighters can expect spotting up to 1/4 mile to occur ahead of the fire from burning oak
leaves and flame lengths in the grass/wheat fields of up to 10-15 ft with rapid rates of
spread.
A community meeting will be held at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center at 6:00 p.m. tonight, located at 402 E. Scenic Dr. in The Dalles, OR. Fire managers and other local emergency services personnel will be available for a fire update and to answer any related questions.
Evacuations and Structures:
Wasco County Sheriff has implemented Level 3 evacuation orders. For details on evacuation orders visit Wasco County Sheriff’s Facebook page. LINK  The Bureau of Land Management will continue to keep Segment 3 of the Deschutes River corridor from Sandy Beach to Mack’s Canyon open unless conditions change for the worse.
Currently there are no road closures in effect.
There are 172 homes threatened by the fire with 516 people under a Level 3 evacuation.
The Red Cross is available to provide shelter support to those displaced. Contact them at 1- 888-680-1455.
The State Fire Marshal has stated that at least one structure has been lost. State Fire Marshal personnel are in the field determining the extent of the fire’s impact to structures.
South Valley Fire Update
Chris Cline, Incident Commander, Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 2
Les Hallman, Incident Commander, Oregon State Fire Marshal Green

8/03 Map of evacuations in Dufur area

8/02 – 10:09 pm

Media and Public Information Line: (503) 597-8076 (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6086/

Dufur, OR – A transfer of command from the local ODF Central Oregon District to the unified command of Oregon Department Forestry’s Team 2 (IC Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team (IC Hallman) occurred at 6:00 p.m. tonight.

The control lines that were put in yesterday held along the northern edge of the fire. Burn-out operations north of Tygh Ridge Rd. yesterday helped keep the fire in check. Today crews worked to hold those lines which were reinforced with retardant drops.

This after-noon’s large smoke plume occurred in the Larch Creek and Pine Creek drainages. The fire ran uphill into the wheat fields in the Friend Rd. area. Crews will focus their efforts in this area tonight. Three OSFM Structure Task Forces will be in the Friend and Winslow Rd. areas patrolling and monitoring where the fire is in relation to homes. An infra-red flight will be flown tonight to accurately map the fire perimeter.

The weather is expected to moderate slightly over the next few days then return to hot and dry. Fuels are being recorded in record lows for moisture content making them very flamable. Firefighters can expect spotting up to 1/4 mile to occur ahead of the fire from burning oak leaves and flame lengths in the grass/wheat fields of up to 10-15 ft with rapid rates of spread.

Evacuations and Structures:
Wasco County Sheriff has implemented Level 3 evacuation orders. For details on evacuation orders visit Wasco County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The Bureau of Land Management
has reopened Segment 3 of the Deschutes River corridor from Sandy Beach to Mack’s Canyon.

Currently there are no road closures in effect.
There are 172 homes threatened by the fire with 516 people under a Level 3 evacuation.

The Red Cross is available to provide shelter support to those displaced. Contact them at 1-888-680-1455.

The State Fire Marshal has stated that at least one structurehas been lost. State Fire Marshal personnel are in the field determining the extent of the fire’s impact to structures.

 

8/2 – 6:17 pm

The Wasco County Sheriff has issued a new Level 1 (GET READY TO GO) evacuation notice for the following:

Shadybrook Rd, Tygh Creek Rd, Fairgrounds Rd, Badger Creek Rd, Happy Ridge Rd and McCorkle Rd.

 

8/2 – 4:23 pm

Here is a map of the current evacuation levels as per Wasco County Sheriffs Office. Red would be level 3 (Go!), Yellow would level 2 (Be Ready) and all areas nearby should consider themselves in Level 1.

Here are additional details on what each level means:
Level 1: Be Ready. There is an incident in the area and residents should be aware of the danger. Monitor media outlets for information and gather items in case an evacuation is issued.
Level 2: Be Set. There is significant danger in the area and residents should leave voluntarily or be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. If conditions deteriorate rapidly, emergency services cannot guarantee they will be able to provide notification.
Level 3: Go. Danger is current or imminent and residents should evacuate immediately.

An evacuation shelter is on standby in The Dalles. If you have been displaced and need shelter call the Red Cross at 888-680-1455.

 

8/2 – 4:25 pm

The Red Cross Shelter at The Dalles Middle School will be opening at approximately 4:30pm today. If you are in need of shelter, please stop by. Red Cross volunteers will man the shelter until 7pm this evening. The volunteers will do a full opening if evacuated residents present themselves between 4:30 to 7pm. If no one needs shelter tonight, Red Cross will be at The Dalles Middle School from 9AM to 7PM tomorrow (the 3rd).

If you are unable to get to The Dalles Middle School between the times stated above, please call Red Cross directly at 888-680-1455.

 

8/2 – 3:42 pm
Media Advisory: Fire officials will be holding a 6:00pm press conference at Ramsey Grange (1184 Dufur Valley Rd.) The press conference will be live streamed on this page.

 

8/2 – 1:23 pm

Update from the Bureau of Land Management, regarding the impacts of the South Valley Fire on the Deschutes River:

Yesterday evening the Wasco County Sheriff, in conjunction with local communities and the Prineville BLM, made the decision to temporarily close the Lower Deschutes River Access Road from Maupin City Park to Sherars Bridge. All campers and recreationists in the immediate area were informed of the closure and threat of fire. If crews had not been able to get forward progress of the South Valley Fire stopped, the fire could have reached the river canyon and created the same safety hazards and dangerous situations that we experienced during the Substation and Long Hollow fires when fire crossed the river. As a result, emergency management and local managers worked proactively to keep as many people out of harm’s way as possible.

With the arrival of several task forces of engines and the overnight work of firefighters, the South Valley fire officials and the Wasco County Sheriff feel comfortable opening the Lower Deschutes River Access Road, and the area from Maupin City Park to Sherars Bridge is open as of 10:00 a.m. The South Valley Fire is still not contained, and anyone recreating in the area is asked to please follow the directions of all emergency personnel and be aware in case the situation changes.

 

8/2 – 1:18 pm

Here is a map of the fire from this morning. Crews are working to increase containment, protect structures, and conduct burnout operations to decrease light flashy fuels. Air operations are back today to continue the great work they started yesterday.

Hwy 197 is reopened, but please use caution in the area as the fire is still active and lots of emergency apparatus are moving along the roadway.

 

 

UPDATE 08/02 10:00 am

Wasco County Sheriff’s Office

Good morning. Firefighting efforts continued through the night with crews beginning to arrive from surrounding areas. Here’s what we know this morning:
* 197 is open with limited visibility. Travel cautiously, be ready for closures.

* If you have been displaced and need shelter call the Red Cross at 888-680-1455.

* Last night’s evacuation levels remain in place. AT THIS TIME there are no evacuations for the community/city limits of Dufur, Tygh Valley, or Pine Hollow.

* Conditions can change rapidly, so we ask that you remain calm and diligent and watch for updates. Please remember that this is an active incident and we will not conduct correspondence through this page. Resources are being mobilized and organized and we’ll have another update soon.
#SouthValleyFire 08/02/18 @ 1000 hrs

UPDATE 08/02 6:14 am ODOT: Central Ore.: US197 has reopened to traffic in both directions near Dufur. ODOT will continue to monitor.

UPDATE 08/02 5:27 am : ODOT: Central Ore.: US197 south of The Dalles, near Dufur, now closed from milepost 20 south to milepost 22 due to poor visibility and firefighter activity. ODOT piloting vehicles through area.

As of about 10 p.m., the Oregon Dept. of Forestry said the South Valley Fire is burning an estimated 10,000 acres.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at The Dalles Middle School for

🔥🔥🔥From Wasco County Sheriff’s Office 08/02/18 @ 12:34 AM:
All evacuation levels will hold overnight unless there is an immediate emergency update. Crews continue to work the South Valley Fire. Current Status at this time:

🔥🔥🔥Level 3 (Go now) covers the following:
Rail Hollow Rd to the forest boundary, Tygh Ridge Rd, Winslow Rd, Shell Rock Rd, Long Hollow/Center Ridge area, Friend Rd, Hix Rd, Dufur Gap Rd, Heberlein Rd, Springer Mill Rd, and Pole Rd plus any and all points in between.

🔥🔥Level 2 (Get ready) covers the following:
Hulse Rd, Conroy Rd, and the area of 197 & 216 (the blinking light) to the top of Sherar’s Bridge.

🔥Hwy 197 is closed from mile post 14 to 34. Watch www.tripcheck.com for updates.

#SouthValleyFire #OR #Dufer
💥JUST IN: Oregon State Fire Marshal confirms #SouthValleyFire was caused by humans and says 400 people are on Level 3 evacuations orders. 80 homes are threatened.💥
NEW EVACUATIONS
🔥🔥🔥@ 2127 hrs (9:27 pm)
LEVEL 3 GO NOW All of Tygh Ridge Rd. This road is CLOSED to all vehicles except emergency responders and citizens leaving the area, who should do so quickly and safely.🔥🔥.
HWY 197 closed mp 14-34
#WILDFIRE 8/01 Size 10,000 acres.
Use tripcheck.com

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Fast growing grass and some timber, with crowning, torching and spotting in the gusty winds. , some structures and vehicles have also burned. Highway 197 closed from Mile Post 14 to milepost 21.

 

 

The following was posted Wednesday, 8/1 at 6:30 pm

Governor Kate Brown has declared the South Valley Fire, burning southwest of Dufur, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Green Incident Management Team and three structural task forces from Clackamas, Washington, and Clatsop counties have been mobilized and are expected to arrive late tonight.

The South Valley Fire being pushed by wind has grown to more than 3,500 acres.

Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations issued from South Valley Rd all the way South to Friend Rd, and everywhere in between.

A Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation has been put in place for the area of “the blinking light” (Hwy 197 & 216) all the way to Conroy Rd and the top of Sherar’s Bridge, North to the current level 3 zone. This includes Hulse Rd, Tygh Ridge Rd, and all points in between. Begin to prepare for the possibility of evacuating.

More information on evacuations is available at Wasco County Sheriffs Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/

 

The following are Facebook posts from the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page reporting on the South Valley Fire – South of Dufur.

8/1 – 5:28 pm:
ODOT Closes Hwy 197 from Milepost 13 – 21 due to the fire. tripcheck.com for more information.

8/1 – 5:20 pm:
LEVEL ONE: GET READY
The area of “the blinking light” (Hwy 197 & 216) all the way to Conroy Rd and the top of Sherar’s Bridge is under level one, North to the current level 3 zone.
This means that there is a possibility of an emergency situation in your area, be ready for further instructions.
#SouthValleyFire 08/01/18 @ 1720 hrs

8/1 – 4:30 pm

#SouthValleyFire Resources
This thread will be updated regularly as we can but you can also check the comments for additional resources as people add them. Please check back if needed. If you can assist with sheltering animals please comment below and we’ll get you added to the list, or call 541-296-5454.

* The Red Cross is on standby due to demand, if you need emergency shelter call 1-888-680-1455

* Diane on Ward Rd can take livestock & horses 541-993-3379

* Jill on Fivemile Rd can take livestock & horses 541-993-2553

* Coleena can take small livestock, sheep, pigs. 541-980-0569

 

8/1 – 4:27 pm:

EXPANDED EVACUATIONS for the #SouthValleyFire
* All previous level 3 evacuations are still in place.
* All level 2 evacuations are now at level 3.
* The level 3 (go now) evacuation zone has been expanded to include Hix Rd and Kingsley Rd and all points in between, from Hwy 197 to the forest boundary.

Obey signage and emergency responders in the area. Please remember we are actively working this incident and cannot respond to comments, questions, or private messages. If you have an emergency call 911. 08/01/18 @ 1626 hrs

8/1 – 3:11 pm:
Dufur Gap Rd, you are at Level 2 (Get set)
All level 3 evacuations remain in place.
#SouthValleyFire 08/01/18 @ 1514 hrs

8/1 – 3:04 pm:
Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations issued from South Valley Rd all the way South to Friend Rd, and everywhere in between. Please leave the area safely and obey first responders and signage in the area.
This is an upgraded evacuation from the previous level 1 for some areas. #SouthValleyFire 08/01/18 @ 1504

8/1 – 2:54 pm:
A Level 1 (get ready) evacuation has been issued south of the current Level 3 zone (Shell Rock Rd, Winslow Rd, etc) all the way South to (and including) Friend Rd.
08/01/18 @ 1454 hrs

8/1 – 2:25 pm:
UPDATED EVACUATIONS: #SouthValleyFire
LEVEL 3 (Go now)
In addition to the previous 83000 blk of Rail Hollow Rd (to the forest boundary) Sheriff Magill has added all of Winslow Rd and Shell Rock Rd and all points in between.
8/1/18 @ 1425 hrs

8/1 – 1:49 pm:
Level 3 (GO NOW) for the 82000 block of Rail Hollow Rd to the forest boundary. Crews are engaged with a fire Southwest of Dufur.
Please remember this is an active incident, we cannot answer questions, comments, or messages. We ask that you keep 911 lines clear for emergencies.