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Final Update 243 Command Fire (243 Command Wildfire)

InciWeb Articles WA - June 7, 2019 - 7:53pm
Incident Summary: The 243 Command Fire started on Monday night, June 3, near Highway 243 and Wanapum Dam. The winds pushed the fire easterly through the Lower Crab Creek Canyon. The fire crews were able to contain it between the canyon’s northern and southern ridges. It is presently 85% contained with 20,380 acres burned. The cause is still under investigation.The fire has been handled by the Southeast Washington Interagency Type 3 Team 3, Tony Gilmer is the Incident Commander.Fire’s Summary: Early the fire was pushed by strong winds from the west. As it was running to the east, air was pushed up and out to its sides. On the south side of the canyon, the fire tried to cross the road and run up the ridge. Crews made sure that fire did not cross that road. The north side of the canyon is sheer vertical with draws. Crews fought to keep the fire from running up these draws. Over the first few days the fire moved east, running and spotting ahead of the flame front. By Wednesday...

Heppner Ranger District implements prescribed burn (2019 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 13, 2019 - 8:10am
In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Blue Mountain Elk Initiative and Oregon Department of Forestry, fire management officials on the Heppner Ranger District are implementing a large-scale prescribed natural fuel burn today. The Lovlett prescribed burn is anticipated to take 4-5 days to complete and includes 500 acres of grass, brush, timber litter and timber understory south of Sunflower Flat near Lovlett Creek. The objective of the burn is to improve foraging habitat for big game, reduce long-term wildfire risk through reductions in existing fuel loading, and to restore the ecological functions of a fire adapted ecosystem to the area. Additional information about this prescribed burn is available by visiting the Umatilla National Forest’s prescribed fire interactive map. This map displays burning activities and is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8b433th. The interactive map allows the user to zoom in on certain areas and click on a burn unit for more...

Umatilla National Forest prepares for prescribed burning (2019 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 10, 2019 - 12:03pm
PENDLETON, Ore. – With the recent warmer and drier weather, fire management officials on the Umatilla National Forest are preparing to implement early season prescribed burning activities as soon as Monday, May 13, across portions of the Forest. “Frequent, low-intensity fire is essential for healthy forests and reducing the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup,” said Andrew Stinchfield, Deputy Fire Staff Officer. Prescribed burning is an effective tool for removing excessive amounts of brush, shrubs, and trees, while also encouraging the growth of native vegetation. In addition to reducing wildfire risk, prescribed fire also improves overall forest health and resilience to insects and diseases, and enhances habitat for elk, deer, and other wildlife. Prescribed burning is also highly dependent on weather conditions, which have to be within a narrow criteria window in order to use prescribed fire. Factors such as wind speed and direction,...

Malheur National Forest Prescribed Fire Operations Update (2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 8, 2019 - 11:26am
After carefully monitoring conditions across the Forest, fire officials have determined that conditions are within specific parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture to start prescribed fire operations in specifically planned units. Starting at 11 am today Prairie City Ranger District will begin ignitions on Elk 16 Hb, full ignition for the 330 acre unit is scheduled for Friday May 10. Smoke may be visible from Forest Roads 16 and 1420 for several days. Signs will be posted along Forest Road 1420 for public safety. Please use caution while traveling in the area. Emigrant Creek Ranger District fire crews are continuing operations on the Marshall Devine units totaling 2700 acres, Micro unit #5 with 18 acres and Trout unit #9 with 27 acres, this weekend. Moving to Driveway that consists of 4 units, #’s 14, 17, 28, and 26 totaling 99 acres within the coming week and George unit #103 totaling 2000 acres after. Activity will continue depending on...

Fire Staff Schedule Prescribed Fire Operations for this Weekend (2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - May 2, 2019 - 9:51am
John Day, Prairie City and Hines, Ore. – After carefully monitoring conditions across the Forest, fire officials have determined that conditions are within specific parameters, including temperature, relative humidity, and fuel moisture to start prescribed fire operations in specifically planned units. Emigrant Creek Ranger District fire crews are planning to begin operations on the Marshall Devine units totaling 2700 acres, Micro unit #5 with 18 acres and Trout unit #9 with 27 acres, this weekend. Moving to Driveway that consists of 4 units, #’s 14, 17, 28, and 26 totaling 99 acres within the coming week and George unit #103 totaling 2000 acres after. Activity will continue through the weekend and into coming weeks depending on weather, conditions, and if objectives are being met. Prairie City and Blue Mountain Ranger Districts are continuing to monitor conditions to begin spring prescribed fire activity. For the safety of firefighters and the public, roads and areas of...

Fire Staff and Crews Prepare for 2019 Prescribed Fire Operations (2019 Malheur NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - April 18, 2019 - 11:02am
Fire Staff and Crews Prepare for 2019 Spring Prescribed Fire Operations John Day, Prairie City and Hines, Ore. - Malheur National Forest fire officials are monitoring conditions on the Forest and preparing to implement the fall prescribed fire program. Prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, refer to the planned and controlled use of fire by a team of highly skilled fire managers under specific conditions. During the spring and early summer months, the Forest has a number of planning units, ranging in size from 150 acres up to 4000 acres, scheduled for prescribed fire operations. Prescribed fires are conducted within specific parameters including temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture, and wind speed. Implementation is dependent upon these and other necessary conditions. Should conditions allow, crews may start operations on some smaller units as early as Thursday, April 25, 2019. Spring burning will build upon efforts in the fall of 2018 when the Forest...

11/03/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 3, 2018 - 7:32am
After a very long fire season, the management of the Klondike Fire is being returned to a local Type 4 management organization Monday morning. Patrols will be ongoing in the Agness area. Repairs and patrols will be ongoing from the Cave Junction. The Evacuation Level 1 (READY) will remain in place for all residences in the area of Oak Flat Road, Old House Creek Road and all residents on the north and south sides of the Agness Road (3300) from the Illinois River Bridge to Coon Rock Bridge. The need for this level will be evaluated frequently and reduced as appropriate. For evacuation updates, check the Curry County Sherriff’s Office Facebook page. This will be the last update on the Klondike Fire from Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Doug Johnson, Incident Commander and for the incident unless there is significant activity. The G-mail, Facebook and Inciweb pages for this incident will be suspended today. Any additional information will be posted to the Rogue River – Siskiyou...

11/02/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 2, 2018 - 7:13am
The Klondike Fire is being managed from Gold Beach by Northwest Incident Management Team 8 (Team 8), Doug Johnson, Incident Commander, with a camp in Cave Junction. Team 8 is preparing to transition to a local type 4 management organization who will monitor the fire from Agness and Cave Junction. Facebook and Inciweb accounts will be suspended Saturday unless there are any significant changes. An infrared flight over the fire area yesterday detected several heat signatures near containment lines. Firefighters are checking these locations. Restoration of the pastures near the Agness Work Center is underway. Resources will initially focus on fence repairs. Crews and heavy equipment have made significant progress in suppression repair work. Resource advisors are guiding all repairs. Crews will work to clear ditches of Forest Road (FR) 2308 of woody debris and piling the debris for later disposal. An additional local crew will assist with the covering of debris piles created during hazard...

11/01/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - November 1, 2018 - 6:13am
The Klondike Fire is being managed from Gold Beach by Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Doug Johnson, Incident Commander, with a camp in Cave Junction. Fire resources working on suppression repair relocated to the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach. Restaurants in the Agness area will continue to feed these resources. Restoration of the pastures near the Work Center used as fire camp will be completed by disking, seeding, and fertilizing. Fences will also be repaired. West Zone – Crews and heavy equipment have made significant progress in suppression repair work. Suppression repair is focusing on primary dozer containment lines by installing waterbars and spreading straw. Firefighters are also on the watch for smokes near containment lines and mopping up any heat. East Zone – Road repair work is ongoing along Forest Road (FR) 4105 and FR 2509. All work along FR 25 and FR 2512 has been successfully completed. The goal of repairing roads is to effectively drain water off...

10/31/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 31, 2018 - 6:43am
The Klondike Fire is being managed from Gold Beach by Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Doug Johnson, Incident Commander, with camps in Agness and Cave Junction. Agness camp, located at the Forest Service Work Center, will be closing today. Fire resources working to complete suppression repair will be relocated to the Curry County Fairgrounds. Restaurants in the Agness area will continue to be utilized to feed these firefighters. Plans are underway to restore the pastures near the Work Center used as camp during the Klondike Fire including: disking, seeding, and fertilizing. West Zone – Crew and heavy equipment are making significant progress in suppression repair work. Suppression repair includes: removing berms on dozer lines, installing waterbars, and hazard tree abatement. Firefighters are also on the watch for smokes near containment lines and mopping up any heat. East Zone – Road repair work is ongoing along Forest Road (FR) 4105, FR 2509, FR 25, and FR 2512 near Flat...

10/30/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 30, 2018 - 7:38am
Curry County Sheriff’s Office lowered the evacuation level in the Agness, Oak Flat, and Illahee areas to a Level 1 (Ready). All evacuation areas near the Klondike Fire previously at Level 2 are lowered to Level 1. Klondike Fire, in its entirety, is managed by Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Doug Johnson, Incident Commander, from Gold Beach, Oregon with camps in Agness and Cave Junction. West Zone – Firefighters and equipment were able to safely re-engage yesterday after the heavy precipitation events and proceed with repair work. Suppression repair work will include but not limited to: removing berms on dozer lines, returning drainage elements to functioning stable conditions, and installing waterbars. East Zone – Road repair work is proceeding along the Forest Road (FR) 4105, FR 2509, FR25, and FR 2512 near Flat Top Ridge. The goal of repairing roads is to return drainage elements to functioning stable condition to effectively route water off of the road, minimize...

Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest New Closure for the Klondike Fire (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 30, 2018 - 6:40am
Please see attached files for closure area on the Klondike Fire for 10/30/18.

10/29/18 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 29, 2018 - 11:04am
Northwest Incident Management Team 8 Doug Johnson, Incident Commander, (NWIMT8) assumed management of the entire Klondike Fire last evening. The incident command post remains in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds while spike camps remain located in Agness at the Forest Service Guard Station and in Cave Junction at the Wild River Ranger District. NWIMT8 would like to thank NWIMT7, Eric Knerr, Incident Commander, and Rogue River-Siskiyou Type 3 Team, Monty Edwards, Incident Commander, plus all the firefighter and cooperators for all the worked completed thus far on the Klondike Fire. West Zone – Fire operations are quickly shifting from suppression to suppression repair. Suppression repair work will include but not limited to, removing berms on dozer lines, returning drainage elements to functioning stable conditions, and installing waterbars. East Zone – Road repair is on-going. The goal of repairing roads is to return drainage elements to functioning stable condition to...

10/28/2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 28, 2018 - 8:07am
Klondike Fire West Zone – Yesterday, fire activity was limited to smoldering and continued consumption of heavy fuels. Repair work on heli-spots, heli-bases, and spike camps has been completed, as well as 50% of the hand line and dozer line in need of repair. Camp crews in Gold Beach are dealing with muddy hose and wet weather. Staffing levels continue to be reduced because of the changing conditions and operational needs. The heavy rain and high winds present a new set of hazards for the fire fighters which need to be mitigated before crews re-engage. With the heavy rainfall last night and forecasted weather, Division Supervisors are checking conditions on the roads to determine if it is safe and feasible to deploy fire resources today. NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 7 will transition command of the Klondike Fire West Zone to NW IMT 8 (Incident Commander – Doug Johnson) this evening at 7 p.m. IMT 8 will manage the entire Klondike Fire with an Incident Command Post in Gold...

10/27/2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 27, 2018 - 8:26am
Klondike Fire West Zone – It was wet and productive on the firelines yesterday and fire crews were able to gain an additional 5% containment. The Klondike Fire is now 80% contained. All divisions continued to mop-up containment lines and hose lays and other equipment no longer needed were pulled off the firelines. Resources continue to be released from the incident due to the increased containment and decrease in fire behavior. Fire managers are working to balance the workforce needs with the operational objectives and weather concerns. Hazard tree falling continues to be important since fire-weakened trees are extremely dangerous during the weeks after a wildfire. Other dangers include slick road surfaces and poor footing on the wet, steep and rugged slopes. Fire Weather/Fire Behavior: It will be damp again today with just a few hours of dry weather before a much stronger front approaches the coast this afternoon. Rain and south wind are expected to increase as the front...

10/26/2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 26, 2018 - 7:50am
Klondike Fire West Zone – There was minimal fire activity again yesterday. All the spot fires are contained and in patrol status. Suppression repair was completed on the spot fire across the Illinois River on Spud road. Firefighters continue to find and extinguish hot spots where fire is burning in heavy fuels or has burned into a ‘stump hole’. Crews have started backhauling equipment and hose from portions of fireline that are fully secure. Today, crews will continue mopping up hot spots within 200’ of containment lines today. Fire managers are evaluating suppression repair needs that can be completed without interfering with the ongoing suppression efforts. Resources have started to be released from the incident due to the increase in containment. An objective of incident management is to fit the size of the organization to the need of the fire. Personnel expand and contract in concert with the complexity of the fire. Fire Weather/Fire Behavior: Today’s forecast calls...

10/25/2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 25, 2018 - 8:14am
Klondike Fire West Zone – Yesterday, due to fire suppression efforts and moderated fire behavior, Level 3 Evacuation Levels that affected the residents of Agness have been reduced to Level 2. The Red Cross Center that was located at the First Baptist Church has shut down. Relative humidity continued to stay high and fog hung over the fire area for most of the shift yesterday. Fire crews made good progress with mop-up operations near the 2308 Road and have gained several hundred feet of depth along the containment line. Crews further secured the fire’s edge on the southwest corner of Raspberry Mountain and all spot fires in the Agness area are lined and in monitoring and patrol status. The road repair work was completed on the west flank of the fire. Timber falling teams will continue to eliminate fire-weakened hazard trees and firefighters will mop-up deeper into containment areas along fire lines to further secure the fire perimeter. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol...

Additional Reductions in Evacuation Levels - Klondike Fire West Zone (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 24, 2018 - 2:49pm
Updated Evacuation Information Effective October 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm. Evacuation levels will be reduced for the following location:All residences in the area of Oak Flat Road, Old House Creek Road and all residents on the south side of the Agness Road (3300) Road from the Illinois River Bridge to Coon Rock Bridge will move from Level 3 (GO) to Level 2 (BE SET). All other areas currently in a Level 2 (BE SET) will remain in a Level 2 at this time. This means there will be no listed Level 3’s in the Agness area.These changes are due to the fire behavior and suppression efforts. There is still a great deal of fire suppression efforts and suppression repair going on with teams from the Fire Incident Management, CFPA, and local fire agencies. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide sporadic patrol in the Agness

North Fork John Day Ranger District implements prescribed burn (2018 Umatilla NF Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 24, 2018 - 8:25am
Fire management officials on the North Fork John Day Ranger District are implementing a 173 acre prescribed burn within the Meadowbrook FTJ1 burn unit, located approximately 7 miles south from Dale, Oregon and 6 miles east of Meadowbrook Summit.The Meadowbrook prescribed burn is anticipated to take 1 day to complete and primarily consists of grass and juniper with some mixed pine. The objective of the burn is to improve foraging habitat for big game, reduce long-term wildfire risk through reductions in existing fuel loading, reduce material that is 0-3” in diameter to less than 9/10ths per acre, and to restore the ecological functions of a fire adapted ecosystem to the area. Hunters and forest visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and avoid the area during prescribed burning activities.Additional information about this prescribed burn is available by visiting the Umatilla National Forest’s new prescribed fire interactive map. This map displays burning activities and is available...

10/24/2018 Klondike Fire Update (Klondike Fire Wildfire)

Inciweb Articles OR - October 24, 2018 - 7:37am
Klondike Fire West Zone – The fire received 0.10” to 0.20” of rain from yesterday’s front passage. The rainfall helped reduce fire behavior to minor surface spread and smoldering in areas protected from direct rainfall. Today timber falling teams will continue dropping fire-weakened trees to reduce the hazard to crews mopping up containment lines. Work continues to deepen the containment lines along the 2308 road on Burnt Ridge and in the southwest corner of the expanded fire area and below the 3577 road where extensive mop-up work remains. Firefighters have fully lined all spot fires from the fire’s recent expansion. Engines will patrol Oak Flat, Old House, and other areas still under evacuation notice and a road group has been formed and is repairing roads damaged in the fire fighting operations. Fire Weather: Today will be a cool and damp day, with light winds and plenty of clouds hanging onto the ridgetops for much of the day. Occasional drizzle and light rain is...

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