Incident Management Team 3
Dan Thorpe, Incident Commander
Yellow Point Fire UpdateSeptember 7, 2014
The weather is playing a key role on the Yellow Point Fire 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. Favorable onshore flow is predicted for the next two days, and that should bode well for the fire attack. Fire behavior is expected to moderate today and should allow crews to perform direct attack in several areas along the fire’s edge. The fire currently stands at 550 acres.
Firefighter safety is a top priority as crews are working in steep, rugged terrain not suitable for heavy equipment. Twelve 20-person crews are working side by side building containment lines and utilizing existing roads where they can. Crews are being supported by a slew of air resources that include eight helicopters and two air tankers.
Forest landowners are embedded in the suppression effort serving as taskforce leaders, equipment supervisors and providing crucial intelligence for tactical operations.
The fire is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area that lies in the footprint of the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. That fire, one of the largest in Oregon at that time, burned about 42,000 acres.
Due to excessive fire traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. Road closures in effect include South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Cooperating agencies included BLM, Lane Fire Authority, Dexter Fire District, Lowell Fire District, Mohawk Valley Fire District, Lane County Administrative Office, and the Douglas and Lane County Sheriff’s Offices.
Fire At A Glance
Location: 25 miles W of Cottage Grove
Cause: Under Investigation
Road Closures: South Sisters Road east of the Upper Smith Road and South Sisters Road junction and Oxbow Access Road west of Siuslaw River Road.
Structures Threatened: 0
For More Information: 503-983-8897
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