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Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx






Sunday, August 22, 2010

White Lightning Complex Wildfire update

Source: Warm Springs Agency / InciWeb


The White Lightning Complex consists of seven lightning-caused fires on the Warm Springs Reservation 30 miles north-northwest of Madras, Oregon. The total estimated size of the combined fires is 5,680 acres or nearly nine square miles. The fires are burning in dry grass, sage, juniper and pockets of pine and oak in rocky, rugged terrain.

The White Lightning Complex is being managed by the Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team. The Incident Command Post is located at the Fire Management Complex in Warm Springs.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2075/

Fire at a Glance:

Size: 5,680 Acres - 7 Fires
Location: 15 miles north of Warm Springs, Oregon
Containment: 5%
Cause: Lightning
Number of Personnel Assigned: 362

Evacuations: Level 2 - Prepare to Evacuate - Involving 19 residences

Closures/Restrictions:

Hwy 3 North of Simnasho

Residents to the east and southeast of Simnasho, with homes along the S-300 and S-310 roads, are being advised to prepare to evacuate in case of significant fire growth this afternoon.

Gusty winds battered the fire during the night, and active burning was reported. Winds are again expected Sunday. The fire is burning in dry grass, sage, juniper and pockets of pine and oak in rocky rugged terrain.

The White Lightning Complex is now being managed by the Northwest Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team. The center of operations for the Incident Management Team is located at the Fire Management Complex in Warm Springs.

Dry conditions exist in most of Oregon and fire danger is high. Please use all fire safety precautions while enjoying the last days of summer.

White Lightning Complex Information Desk: WhiteLightningComplex@yahoo.com

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