Moccasin Hill Fire
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, Incident Commander: Cline
July 17, 2014 8 a.m.
Firefighters on the Moccasin Hill Fire continued to make excellent progress with mop-up and line reinforcement on Wednesday. The Incident Management Team has received excellent cooperation and support from the local community, partner agencies, and the local fire service.
“We have shifted from catching and holding the fire to securing the fire,” said Operations Chief Joe Hessel. “With a good mop-up effort, we will be able to turn this fire over to a local team in a few days”. Mop-up work will continue today, as crews use hand-held infrared devices that can show hot spots that may hold heat but not visible flame or smoke. Yesterday’s mop-up activities revealed two additional small outbuildings had burned on Sunday, bringing the total number of structures lost to 35.
As the fire threat decreases, the Incident Management Team will be issuing only one news release per day. With the reduction in fire activity and multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in Oregon, the process of demobilizing resources is underway. A new website providing updates on all active large files in the Pacific Northwest is available at: http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com/.
The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center in Sprague River is transitioning today to a Recovery Center, processing affected families and referring them to partner agencies for possible assistance. Thursday hours for the Red Cross Recovery Center will be 9 am to 8 pm.
Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 2535 acres
Cause: under investigation
Expected Containment: 7-19-14
Crews and Equipment:
Air tankers: 2
Fire engines: 33
Water tenders: 9
Total personnel: 662
Estimated cost to date: $2.4 million
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 662
For More Information:
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
NW Large Fires Information -http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com