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





Monday, August 29, 2011

COIDC Media Release: Shadow Fire Update; August 29, 2011 @ 9 a.m.


Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR 97754

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 29, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Media Desk, 541-416-6811 www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire

Shadow Lake Fire Update


Sisters, Ore – Firefighters responded to a new fire yesterday burning 15 miles west of Sisters. The Shadow Lake Fire was reported by Black Butte Lookout yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. The fire is primarily burning inside the Mt. Washington Wilderness, with 20 percent of the fire is burning outside of the wilderness boundary on the Sisters Ranger District. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Shadow Lake Fire is currently 350 acres and forward progress to the east has slowed as the fire burned into the 2006 George Washington fire scar. The fire is surrounded by old fire scars that are assisting in suppression efforts; however there are still several pockets of unburned fuel between the fire scars and the fire itself. With the unburned fuel there is potential for the fire to put out smoke for several days.

A Type III Incident Management Team (Travis Moyer) from Central Oregon assumed command of the fire yesterday at 3:00 p.m. At this time there are 3 hand crews, 7 engines, 1 dozer, and 2 water tenders and miscellaneous overhead.

Weather for today is predicted to be a little cooler with a high temperature of 72 degrees and winds out of the northwest at 10-20 mph. With the increased wind, the focus of today’s work for firefighters is to continue to secure the eastern and northern portions of the fire.

There is an area closure pending and all roads and trails in the fire area are marked at this time. As soon the closure is released we will update the public. In addition, with many fires newly contained in the Sisters area and the potential for others to start, hunters heading out for bow season should use caution when heading out to their units. They should avoid camping in or hiking through areas with active fire, watch for increased fire traffic on forest roads and should watch for dangerous burned out stump-holes and snags in recently burned areas. Check in with local agencies before you head out to see if there are any additional fire restrictions or campground closures.

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Jeri Chase, ODF Incident Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

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