Waterman Complex – Mitchell, Oregon
Information Center – 541-462-3140 (Will be routed through the school switchboard)
Start date: July 11-12, 2014
Total acres: 4,319
Hand crews: 20
Fire engines: 15
Water tenders: 3
Total personnel: 682
Location: Three fires near Mitchell, Service Creek, and Kimberly, Oregon.
Current situation: Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, assumed command of the Waterman Complex last evening. The incident command post is located at the Mitchell High School in Mitchell, Oregon. A telephone number is now available at the information center 541-462-3140. An infra-red radar flight was completed last night and updated acres reflect the results. Fire fighting resources continue to arrive to assist in suppression efforts. Operational plans for the day include: providing structure protection on the West Branch Road, constructing and holding fire line, mopping-up hot spots, scouting new fire line locations, and falling snags along Hwy 26. Aviation assets will be utilized to assist in containment efforts.
The Complex consists of three fires:
Bailey Butte Fire – 2,105 acres, 0% contained. The fire has moved south onto the Ochoco National Forest into very heavy timber. Plans include using managed stands to suppress the fire’s forward movement. Firefighters will be working diligently to minimize acres burned on ODF protected private timber and range lands. Coordination with private landowner and Ochoco National Forest will continue. The Wheeler County Sheriff reduced the evacuation notice to Level 1 on the West Branch Road area. Home owners have been advised to remain on alert. Highway 26 remains closed due to very active fire behavior and hazardous falling trees. Two developed campgrounds (Ochoco Divide and Wildwood), and one trailhead (Cougar East) have been evacuated.
Toney Butte Fire – 2,194 acres, 0% contained. Firefighters will be coordinating with landowners and working diligently to minimize acres burned on ODF protected private lands by establishing fire line to aid containment.
Junction Springs Fire– 20 acres, 0% contained. Engines were able to access the top of the fire to apply water directly holding the fire. Efforts to improve, hold, mop-up hot spots on existing line; construct and hold new line, and identify potential spot fires.
For more information on the Waterman Complex visit:
Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/
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