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





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Geneva 12 Wildfire update - 8:30 Tuesday morning


Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
Central Oregon – Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures last night to make good progress on the Geneva 12 fire burning about 15 miles northeast of Sisters near Lake Billy Chinook. The fire was mapped late last night and the updated acreage is 1,341 acres. Containment is 30 percent this morning and full containment is still expected by 8/13/12.

Fire crews will focus on holding the perimeter through the heat of the day and building and improving containment lines. Primary concerns include hot and dry temperatures and the potential for wind in the afternoon that could cause increased fire behavior and spotting.

The fire started yesterday and grew quickly, threatening homes in the 3 Rivers subdivision. Approximately 100 homes were evacuated yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m.; however, the evacuation order was lifted around 10 p.m. when fire behavior calmed down. No structures were damaged or lost within the 3 Rivers subdivision; however, a pickup and a utility trailer were lost within the fire perimeter near Geneva road.

No road closures are in effect this morning although the public is asked to stay out of the area to avoid impacting firefighting traffic. Anyone traveling in the 3 Rivers area this morning should slow down and watch for fire-related traffic.

An incident management team will take control of the fire today. The Lake Chinook Fire Department will continue to manage structural protection.

There are more than 125 firefighters working the fire this morning with additional resources arriving today. Total fire personnel is expected to exceed 200 by this afternoon. Currently there are three dozers, 4 20-person handcrews, 7 wildland engines, 15 structural engines from neighboring departments such as the city of Bend, Redmond Fire, Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire, and La Pine Fire, and one water tender. The fire will continue using the Type I (heavy) helicopter and the Type III (light) helicopter to put water on hot spots. Airtankers remain available to use as needed.

Additional firefighters around Central Oregon will remain available to respond to any new fires today. Lightning “holdover” fires can smolder in heavy duff or in the root systems at the bases of trees for several days before the ground and vegetation dries out enough for the fire to begin spreading. Local fire officials will have firefighters placed around Central Oregon to respond to any new starts reported by fire lookouts or reconnaissance aircraft.

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2 comments:

  1. have any contract crews or engine been dispatched to geneva yet?

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  2. Dispatching information about the Geneva 12 fire would be released by the COIDC, 541-416-6811

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