All ODF fire protection districts are now in fire season. It's especially important in summer to avoid or be extra careful with any potential source of fire in wooded areas. Fire season means the end of most outdoor activities that are high risk for starting a fire, such as debris burning, campfires outside of designated areas, and using tracer ammunition and exploding targets.













Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eagle Complex update - 08-30-15


On Saturday, gusty winds tested the containment lines that firefighters have been constructing from the eastern flank of the fire to the natural barriers near the boundary of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Despite wind gusts of 40 mph, firefighters, working with the assistance of helicopters, kept the fire within the containment lines. Aerial resources also supported structure protection efforts in the Footbridge area as the western flank of the fire continued to back down the Two Colors and Boulder Creek drainages. In the afternoon, the fire area was blanketed with light rain and the humidity helped suppress fire activity.

On Sunday, weather conditions are forecasted to be cooler with high relative humidity and a 50 percent chance of showers. Firefighters are looking to take advantage of the break in the weather to secure containment lines along the fire perimeter, continue mopping up around structures in East Eagle Creek and manage fire activity in the Boulder Creek drainage.

The Eagle Complex is currently 12,504 acres and 25 percent contained. Although the containment has not increased in the past few days, natural barriers around much of the fire perimeter on the north are anticipated to limit future fire growth. Rocky areas and open meadows to the north and northeast of the fire perimeter are unlikely to support further fire activity in these directions.

Evacuations: The Baker County Sheriff's Office maintains a LEVEL 3 evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns to the Northeast at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long Creek drainage to the wilderness.

The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to Carson down to the forest boundary remain at LEVEL 2 (Get Set). Evacuation levels for the Eagle Complex are available on the interactive incident map (
http://arcg.is/1I5DaJw).

Area Fire Closures: There is an area closure in effect for the Eagle Complex near Main Eagle, East Eagle, Tamarack Campground and Two Color Campground. Please see the link to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Website (
http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/home).
     
FIRE FACTS
Start Date:                  August 11, 2015
Cause:                        Lightning
Location:                    20 Miles NW of Richland, Oregon
Size:                            12,504 acres
Containment:              25%
Resources:                 315 Personnel
                                    9 crews, 12 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 5 bulldozers
                                     4 Type 1 helicopters,1 Type 3 helicopters



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