Oregon Department of ForestryIncident Management Team 1
John Buckman, Incident Commander
Haystack ComplexEvening Update
August 1, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
A new start, the School House Fire was detected at 11:30 a.m. today and an aggressive initial attack with pre-identified resources assisted by helicopters held its growth to 40-50 acres. This fire is located about 6 miles due east of Monument now joins the initial fires of the Complex; Haystack, Steet, and Throop and the Hog Ridge fire detected July 31. Without the task force of a crew, engines, and dozer along with helicopter support it would have likely grown much larger. This fire like the other ones in the Complex was started by lightning.
Mop-up work continues on the Haystack and Steet fires, the Throop fire has been contained. Tonight firefighters will be assisted by hand held infrared cameras on the Haystack Fire capable of seeing heat invisible to the eye. Situation Unit Leader, Jasen McCoy describes the IR cameras benefiting work two ways “focusing the fire fighters work on where it’s needed and making sure the job is done right”. Meeting the mop up standard set by Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District continues to be an objective of the Haystack Complex.
Another objective is supporting the initial attack efforts on fires within the Haystack Complex area. This may happen day or night and firefighters heading to the line tonight and were asked to stay flexible and respond to new fires if needed. Tomorrow three task forces, each comprised of a crew, two engines, and a dozer will be pre-identified to respond to new fires.
The fires of the Haystack Complex are; the Haystack Fire, located three miles northeast of Spray and mapped at 1,155 acres; Throop Fire located about three miles northeast of Dayville is mapped at 490 acres; Steet Fire located seven miles northeast of Monument is mapped at 50 acres; Hog Ridge fire located nine miles northwest of Dayville mapped at 55 acres; and the Schoolhouse Fire.
Cooperators on the fires include: Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Spray Volunteer Fire Department, Fossil Volunteer Fire Department, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Department of Transportation, United States Forest Service, United States Bureau of Land Management.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 1,740 acres (3 fires)Location: Spray, Oregon
Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Water Tenders: 3
Air Tankers: 1 (available)
Helicopters: 6 (available)
Estimated Cost: $1,006,600
For More Information: 503-758-8253