Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline
September 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information Phone: 503-846-2999 (8 a.m. -8 p.m.)
• Washington Co. Emergency Operation Center\
• Washington Co. Sheriff
• American Red Cross
• Stimson Lumber Co.
• Gaston Rural Fire Dept.
• Forest Grove Fire Dept/
• Washington Co. Fire Defense Board Chief
• Washington Co. Animal Services
At this morning’s 5:30 a.m. briefing, Day Operations Section Chief Joe Hessel told the firefighters, “Today’s objective is to extinguish 100 percent of all smokes within 100 feet of the fire perimeter.”.This process is referred to as “mop-up,” which is the hard, gritty job of digging up hot spots and using water to eliminate all heat to 100 feet inside the perimeter of the fire.
As crews and other resources begin demobilizing, the team and local ODF fire staff are preparing a transition plan. The team will transfer responsibilities to a smaller district organization to manage the fire after the team leaves this week. The smaller organization’s main focus will be to monitor the fire and maintain the 100-foot fire perimeter. Small smokes from the fire’s interior may be visible until the fall rains soak in and all the fire is extinguished.
Two small fronts are predicted to provide up to ¾” rain over the fire area by the end of the week. Firefighters welcome this news after a long and arduous summer of firefighting. To date, there have been no injuries to firefighters.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has reduced all evacuation orders to Level 1. Residents are able to return to their homes.
The next news release will be Sept. 23, 2014. Check social media sites for posts throughout the day.
Fire at a Glance (09/22/14)
Size: Estimated 211 acres
Cause: under investigation
Expected Containment: 9-23-14
Crews and Equipment:
Water Tenders: 11
Total personnel: 669
Estimated Costs to Date: $1.37 Million
For More Information:
Washington County Sheriff’s office at:
503-846-2999 or Twitter: @forestgrovefire