Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Road and area updates - Waterfalls 2 fire

Source: InciWeb

Waterfalls 2 fire - 5 miles NE of the Mt. Jefferson summit.

All public trail, lake, and campground closures have been lifted as of 6 a.m. August 30th in time for many campers and hikers to enjoy their favorite spots over the Labor Day weekend. The area closure and road blocks on the Warm Springs Reservation remain in effect while heavy fire traffic continues. Drivers on Highway 26 in Warm Springs are cautioned to slow down and watch for fire traffic throughout the weekend.

Personnel assigned to the fire have dropped to 826 as more resources are released to assist at other incidents. Air support has been reduced to one heavy, one medium, and one light-lift helicopter. The Warm Springs Agency has two light-lift helicopters available to assist, if needed.

Warm Springs Area Closure:

From the B-100 Road crossing under the Marion Flats BPA powerline south and west to the southern and western reservation boundaries

Road Closures:

Blockades located on Tribal land at Tenino/J-100 Jct, P500/P510 Jct (also known as the North Butte Junction), and the B-200/B-210/P500 Jct.

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