Monday, July 28, 2014

Wizard Fish Hatchery Reopens: Fire Update from Bridge 99 Complex

Sisters, OR – The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is now open to the public.  Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford, Lower Bridge and Candle Creek Campgrounds are also open to the public as well as the 14 Road north of Camp Sherman along the Metolius River.  Other road and area closures remain in effect (see details below).  Visitors to the area are cautioned to drive slowly and carefully as emergency response vehicles, heavy equipment and firefighters remain in the area.

A local management team under the supervision of Willie Branson has assumed command of the Bridge 99 Complex as of 6:00 am this morning.  Patrol of the fire perimeter and repair of firefighting suppression efforts, which includes covering containment lines and providing measures to reduce erosion, continues on the Bridge 99 Fire.  Progress is being made to create contingency firelines by removing vegetation along roads in the event the Bear Butte 2 Fire expands southward out of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecasted for today and through the week, which may result in new fire starts from lightning strikes.  Gusty, erratic winds associated with thunderstorms coupled with a continued warming and drying trend could potentially result in very active fire behavior.
Open fires, including charcoal fires, are prohibited on National Forest and BLM lands, except in designated campgrounds (for a list and more information read the press release here.

The Following Forest Service roads, trails and campgrounds are open:

Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery is now open.  Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford, Lower Bridge, Candle Creek, Monty and Perry South Campgrounds are all open to the public.  The Pacific Crest Trail south of Mt Jefferson is open. The 14 Road along the Metolius River is open.  The 1120 Road is open.  (Monty and Perry South Campgrounds are not accessible via the 11 Road).

The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:

Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 11, from its intersection with Forest Road 1120, Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400.  The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugar Pine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness.  An area closure has been designated on a map that is available on the Inciweb website listed below.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department evacuation orders are as follows:

All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are under a Level I Evacuation Order.  The Cove Palisades State Parks remains open.

The above closures and evacuation levels will continually be assessed to determine if they remain appropriate to protect public health and safety.

The Bridge 99 Complex consists of two fires (the Bridge 99 Fire and the Bear Butte 2 Fire). The Bridge 99 Fire is burning 18 miles northwest of the city of Sisters on Green Ridge, next to the Metolius River. The southern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire is burning in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest. The northern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire is on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands and is being managed by the Fire Team working on the Logging Unit Complex.

For detailed information on the fire including maps, area, road and trail closure information, along with photos, please visit:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/

Ochoco Complex Fire Update, 7/28

Fire Information:  541-416-0286; 541-447-6859
Start Date
Cause
Size
%
Contained
Helos
Engines
Crews
Dozers
Total Personnel
July 13, 2014
Lightning
10,004
79
4
10
13
2
478
Summary: Lightning swept across the area July 13 starting many fires across the Forest and neighboring BLM land.  Four of these fires are now being managed as the Ochoco Complex. Great Basin Management Team 6, under the direction of Incident Commander Tracy Dunford assumed command of the fire at 6 pm, July 19, 2014. 
·        Antelope Springs, Broadway, and Lava Fires are 100 percent contained.
·        Fox Fire: Located approximately 3 miles northwest of the North Fork Wilderness Study Area, near Forest Road 4230 and 17 miles east of Post, Oregon -  9,848 acres, 76% contained;
Current Situation: Yesterday, suppression rehabilitation was the order of the day on the Antelope Springs, Broadway, and Lava fires, and will continue today. Crews completed a confinement line Sunday on the north flank, and will deepen mop up today to a distance of 100 feet inside the line. Mop up, patrol, and suppression rehabilitation will continue on the rest of the fire area. Fire activity has decreased due to cloudy sky and calm wind over the weekend, and release of excess resources continues. Aircraft is available today as needed. When working in areas such as the wilderness study areas, fragile soils, or areas containing rare or sensitive species of plants or wildlife habitat, firefighters employ MIST (minimum impact suppression tactics) to reduce adverse impacts to the land and resources while suppressing wildfires. The concept of MIST is to use the minimum amount of force necessary to effectively achieve the fire management objectives consistent with land and resource management objectives.
Often, as suppression activities wind down, area residents ask how they can contribute to the firefighting effort.  Your local fire departments would probably appreciate donations and put them to good use. Other agencies which would welcome and benefit from your donations include:

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation (http://www.wffoundation.org/) is focused on helping families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and, assisting injured firefighters and their families. To donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation online, go to:  https://www.wffoundation.org/Donation.asp. Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (http://www.firehero.org/) to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Its mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. To donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation online go to: http://www.firehero.org/donate/. The American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. To donate to the American Red Cross online, go to:  http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.

Bridge 99 Complex Fire Update, 7/27

Sisters OR – Mop-up of the Bridge 99 Fire has been completed (extinguishing all burning and smoldering material in the vicinity of the fire perimeter).  Repair of wildfire suppression activities on the Bridge 99 Fire is underway and progress was made yesterday on the southeastern side of the fire.  Typical repair work includes installation of water bars and covering of exposed soil in fire lines with slash to reduce potential erosion.  Isolated smokes remain within the interior of the fire.

 A few smokes were reported yesterday afternoon in the lava flow in the portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire located within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.  Vegetation is being removed along roads and former dozer lines to facilitate use as contingency fire lines in the event the Bear Butte 2 Fire expands to the south and emerges outside of the Wilderness. 

Temperatures are continuing to increase and the relative humidity (the amount of moisture in the air) is dropping below 20%.  Burning conditions are quickly returning to what they were one week ago.  This drying trend could potentially result in very active fire behavior.  Starting this evening there is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms throughout the week.

Firefighters have been very successful in meeting fire suppression objectives while safely fighting fire on the Bridge 99 Complex Fire.  With over 50,000 person-hours worked on the fire to-date there has been only one reportable minor injury.

The Oregon Interagency Management Team (IMT) 2 will transition to a local Type III IMT, Incident Commander Willie Branson.  The transfer of command will occur tomorrow at 6 am.
Open fires, including charcoal fires, are prohibited on National Forest or BLM lands, except in certain designated campgrounds (for a list and more information visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/centraloregon/home/?cid=fsbdev3_035880).  These restrictions DO NOT apply to Wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department evacuation orders are as follows:

All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are at Evacuation Level 1.  The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

Forest Service Closures:
Monty Campground and Perry South Campground are open to the public.  The Pacific Crest Trail is now open south of Mt Jefferson.

The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:

Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400400 (near the 900 Road), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400 (near intersection of the 14 and 900 roads northeast of Camp Sherman).  The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness.  An area closure has been designated on a map that is available on the Inciweb website listed below.  The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery remains closed to the public.
 The above closures and evacuation levels will continually be assessed to determine if they remain appropriate to protect public health and safety.
 For detailed information on the fire including maps, area, road, and trail closure information, along with photos, please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/.

 The Bridge 99 Complex consists of two fires (the Bridge 99 Fire and the Bear Butte 2 Fire). The Bridge 99 Fire is burning 18 miles northwest of the city of Sisters on Green Ridge, next to the Metolius River. The southern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire is burning in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest. The northern portion of the Bear Butte 2 Fire is on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands and is being managed by the Fire Team working on the Logging Unit Complex.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update, 7/26

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR  97754


Contact:  Media Desk:  541-416-6811           NEW! NEW! NEW!!! Email:   Centralorfireinfo@gmail.com
Twitter:  @CentralORfire                              For more information visit: CentralORfireinfo.blogspot.com

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release:  July 26, 2014 11 a.m.

Central Oregon MORNING Fire Update
YELLOW Highlight indicates changed information since the last Update
                                                                                                                                                                                          

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.


 5,699 acres TOTAL
74% contained




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

EVACUATIONS:  All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) have been lowered to a Level II Evacuation Order. The Three Rivers Subdivision has been lowered to a Level I Evacuation Order. The subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park remain under a Level I Evacuation Order. The Cove Palisades State Park remains open.

CLOSURES: The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:
Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700 (Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400. The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness. A 5-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is closed. The south closure is located north of the Shirley Lake Trail (#4003) junction and the north closure is located near Cathedral Rocks
Center Fire
Prineville BLM
Post-Paulina RFPA
3 miles NE of Post.
Private and
2,515 acres
65% contained
No additional updated information.
Logging Unit Fires
Warm Springs Reservation
Mt. Hood National Forest
Deschutes National Forest
North side of Bear Butte near the Bear Butte 2 fire


Haily Butte
Camas Prairie/ Logging Unit
Bear Butte 2 – North
Skyline

10,406 acres
75% containment


108 acres
6,332 acres

3,850 acres
116 acres
Pacific Northwest Team 2 (Schulte) is managing the fire.

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

NEW Public Information Line:  541-777-2862

Firefighters continue to make excellent progress utilizing direct attack in tandem with air support. Minimal fire activity was observed yesterday during air recon.

EVACUATIONS:  All notices have been lifted.
CLOSURES: The road and area closures that are in place on Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs lands will remain in place.

Closures that apply to public with the exception of local residents:  B-180/Hwy 26 Jct., B-160/Hwy 26 Jct., B-140/Hwy26 Jct.  Closures that apply to all public:  b-160 near the B-165 Jct., County Line Rd at the end of the pavement, J-100 at the Tenino Rd/J-100 Jct.

A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed with reroute for hikers.
Ochoco Complex-
Ochoco National Forest Service
Prineville BLM





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

Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon Fire
3 miles NW of the North Fork Wilderness Study

Broadway Fire
S of FS Road 2630, near Peterson Lava

Antelope Fire
3 miles E of FS Road 22 near FS Road 900
10,113 acres TOTAL
69 % contained

191 acres
99% contained




9,848 acres 64% contained



53 acres 100% contained

21 acres
100% contained
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. 

Firefighters continued mop-up on the Lava Fire yesterday and a late afternoon recon flight did not detect any smoke. Additional containment line was completed on the south perimeter of the Fox Fire yesterday.

CLOSURES: The Ochoco National Forest has issued an area closure. Several campgrounds and day use areas are now re-opened to the public. 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



Donnybrook Fire
11 miles SW of Antelope

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

Pine Creek Fire
 11 miles south of Fossil, in the Carrol Rim Area

Jack Knife Fire 8 miles SE of Grass Valley.
102,209acres TOTAL

22,763 acres
97% contained

35,938 acres
95% contained


30,245 acres
97% contained


13,263 acres
100% contained
 The Western Montana Team managing these fires has now turned over management to a local Type III Team. For questions on this fire, contact Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-416-6811.

NEW Information available on the web:
Black Rock Fire:
Pine Creek Fire:
Jack Knife Fire:
Shaniko Butte
Warm Springs Reservation
12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs.

42,044 acres
90% containment
Oregon Incident Management Team 1 will be transitioning into a Type III management organization today to contine mop-up and rehabilitation of the fire area.

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

All EVACUATIONS and CLOSURES associated with the Shaniko Butte Fire have been lifted.
Sunflower Fire
Umatilla National Forest


10 miles NNE of Monument
7,175 acres
90% containment
The Great Basin Incident Management Team that has been managing this fire will be turning it over to local resources today to continue mop-up, patrol and rehabilitation in the fire area.

For more information on this fire, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/


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

12,520 acres TOTAL
95% contained


Oregon Incident Management Team 3 will be transferring command of this incident to a local Type III team that will be based in Prineville High School beginning today.

Hwy 26 between Prineville and Mitchell has REOPENED to two way travel.  There is a restricted speed of 35 MPH and vehicle headlights are required when travelling through the area.  Stopping within the fire zone is not allowed.

For more information, visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

Fire Information Phone #: 541-787-4321

EVACUATIONS:  All evacuations have been lifted.
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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Madison and her 'Thank You' Note

Yesterday, the Ochoco National Forest received a visit from a very sincere and sweet young lady who wanted to show her appreciation to the firefighters for all their hard work in protecting the forest and surrounding communities from so many wildfires.

Madison Faith Kainu, 10 years old, is visiting her grandparents in Prineville and decided to spend part of her summer vacation working on a very special 'thank you' note to give to the firefighters.

Madison was given a tour of the Ochoco Complex Incident Command Post, where she presented her work of art to Incident Commander, Tracy Dunford. She received also received a Smokey Bear bandana, water jug and a glow in the dark wrist bracelet from the Forest Service to remember her visit and in appreciation for her poster and kind thoughts. Acting District Ranger, Penni Borghi thanked Madison as well and posed for a photo.
Madison and Incident Commander, Tracy Dunford

Madison and Acting Paulina District Ranger, Penny Borghi

Updated Closure Information for Bridge 99 Complex

Friday, July 25, 2014   12:00 p.m.
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Incident Information Officer Jeanne Klein
E-mail:  bridge99fire@gmail.com

Fire Information: (541) 549-3219
Bridge 99 Complex
Changes in Evacuation Levels and Closure Orders 
The evacuation levels have been reduced for the Bridge 99 Complex.  All evacuation level II areas have been reduced to a Level I.  All evacuation Level I areas have been eliminated.  The Pacific Crest Trail is now open.  See below for details.
Closure Orders:                                                                    

The Pacific Crest Trail is now open. 
This is described as a 5-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) described  from south to north as from the Shirley Lake Trail (#4003) junction to near Cathedral Rocks. 
All other closures remain in effect as stated below. 
The following Forest Service roads, trails, campgrounds and lands remain closed:
Forest Road 12, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1270/1298 to Bridge 99, Forest Road 14, from Bridge 99 to its intersection with Forest Road 1400700 (Allen Springs Campground), Forest Road 1140, from its intersection with Forest Roads 1150/1180 to the intersection with Forest Road 1152, Forest Road 1154, from its intersection with Forest Road 1150 to the intersection with Forest Road 1140, and Forest Road 1420400.  The Lower Bridge, Pioneer Ford, Allen Springs, Canyon Creek, and Candle Creek Campgrounds are closed. The Jefferson Lake Trail (#4001), Sugarpine Ridge Trail (#4002), Shirley Lake Trail (#4003.1), and the Cabot Lake Trail (#4003) are closed within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness.  An area closure has been designated on a map that is available on the Inciweb website listed below.  The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery remains closed to the public.
Evacuation Levels:
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department evacuation orders have changed for the Bridge 99 Complex and are as follows:

 All private lands along the Metolius River from Allen Springs Campground to Lake Billy Chinook (including the Metolius Arm) are now in a Level I Evacuation Order.  All evacuations have been lifted for the Three Rivers Subdivision and the subdivisions of Rim Park, Forest Park, and Air Park along with Cove Palisades State Park.