Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rooster Rock Fire Update - 8 p.m., Thursday, August 5, 2010

Following is the latest news release issued about the Rooster Rock Fire by the Central Oregon Incident Management Team at 8 p.m. this evening, August 5:

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Rooster Rock Fire Information Center: (541) 549-7610

Thursday, August 5, 2010 8 pm Hours of Operation - 7 am to 10 pm
www.inciweb.org/incident/2056

The Central Oregon Incident Management Team , under joint delegation from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Deschutes National Forest, assumed command of the Rooster Rock Fire on August 3, 2010. This inter-agency Team is working closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Deschutes National Forest to determine strategy and tactics for suppression of this fire. The Team is working under direction of ODF to meet the objectives of the private land owners. The fire is burning primarily on ODF protected lands.

Major highways into Sisters and surrounding communities in central Oregon are and have remained open during the duration of the fire. August is a very popular time for visitors to come and recreate in the Sisters area. Maintaining open, major access routes is important to visitors and the overall economic well being of local communities. The fire is not threatening the town of Sisters and all businesses are open.

FIRE BEHAVIOR:
A burnout operation was completed last night on the west flank of the fire along Forest Road 1610. A large interior island of fuel remained afterwards. Unburned fuel in the island began burning itself out this afternoon as the morning smoke inversion lifted and created favorable burning conditions. Smoke from this activity moved to the east with increasing and erratic winds. Motorists and recreationists in areas affected by smoke are encouraged to drive with caution. Today, firefighters also reinforced all containment lines and for the first time during this fire, lines held during the day without any significant fire perimeter growth at the time of this update. Predicted weather for tomorrow forecasts a threat of continued winds which could result in critical fire behavior. Threat to structures still remains low.

WEATHER:
Overnight temperatures are forecasted in the mid 40’s with maximum relative humidity near 82%. These conditions reduce active fire behavior and assist in firefighting efforts. Ridges and upper slope NW winds are predicted at 12-18 mph. These winds remain the biggest overnight threat to fire spotting beyond the containment lines.

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for partly cloudy and breezy conditions in the late afternoon from the NW, with gusts up to 25 mph. High temperatures are predicted near 83 degrees. Winds will remain a large concern throughout the operational shift.

CLOSURES:
The Special Area Closure that closes portions of the Forest Road 16 and surrounding area remains in effect, this includes the Peterson Ridge Trail system, it has not been burned but it is closed for public safety . For the full closure information please see the following website and look for the Rooster Rock Special Area Closure http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/conditions/fire-news.shtml.

QUICK FACTS:
Acres: 6,000
Containment: 40%
Location: 6 miles south of Sisters
Cause: Under investigation
Start Date/Time: Reported August 2, 2010, 1141 hrs
Total personnel: 977
Crews: 28, Engines: 30, Helicopters: 3-light, 1- medium, 4-heavy lift, Dozers: 10, Water tenders: 28 and Overhead: 185

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Jeri Chase
Oregon Department of Forestry
PH: 503-945-7201
Fire Duty Officer Pager#: 503-370-0403

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