Niagara Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry
North Cascades District, Santiam Unit
Russ Lane, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (503) 801-8468. http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Fire at a glance:
Size: 70 acres, 15% contained
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Aircraft: 3 helicopters
Weather: warm and dry today, compared to hot and dry yesterday
Fire control efforts continue on the Niagara Fire located adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. Fire size has not changed from its size of 70 acres and is now is 15 percent contained. The fire was first reported on July 4, 2015.
Today, July 6, 2015, the goal will be to “continue to build a fire containment line to secure the fire,” said Blake Ellis Operations Chief adding that “night [firefighting forces] set us up for success today.” Staffing has increased to 120 personnel and has been divided into two shifts providing 24-hour coverage on the fire.
Primary threat to reaching containment is the explosive growth whenever any fire is able to get across the fire line. These “slopovers” have shown that they can grow rapidly, but water-dropping helicopters have been used effectively to stop their spread.
There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time. Visitors to the Detroit Lake Recreation Area should be aware that boating on the west end of the lake and recreational activities on Detroit dam may be limited due to fire activity. For those traveling Highway 22, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check site http://tripcheck.com for the most current information. Fire traffic is heavy in the vicinity of the Big Cliff Dam, and the public is advised to use caution when traveling in this area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.
Cooperators include: Willamette National Forest, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bonneville Power Administration, Detroit-Idahna Fire District, Gates Fire Department, and Lyons Fire Department