Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Grizzly Bear Complex Fire Update - Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Grizzly Bear Complex Fire Update
Friday August 21, 2015 @ 1900 hours
Fire Information Center
(541) 612-0059  7am to 9pm

Fire grows less today than yesterday   
Elgin, OR., -- The Grizzly Bear Complex has continued its growth today, while firefighters have engaged in protecting structures, containing the fire edge and using aircraft to slow the fire when it spotted or threatened strategic lines.  Several strategic containment lines are successfully holding and the fire size is estimated at approximately 52,000.

On the north side of the fire, Forest Roads 300 and 4608 have been prepared as containment lines. 

Crews are standing by to burn out from these roads if necessary. 

On the south side, the fire generally remains more than ¼ mile north of Forest Road 62 which is being prepared to anchor and use for a potential burn out operation.  A small area where the fire had crossed the 62 Road this morning at Eden Bench has been controlled and is being held at 200 acres.
Structure protection is occurring in Eden Bench, Troy and Grouse Flats.  Last night and this morning the fire has successfully been held north of the town of Troy.  A night shift will continue structure protection in these areas.

The fire is generally still west of the Grand Ronde river, but moving northeast and down-canyon from Troy. It has reached Bear Creek, but has not crossed into Grouse Creek. One spot fire across the river near Troy is being controlled.

It is difficult to observe the northeast edge of the fire because of abundant smoke, and a precise new estimate of the fire’s size is not available.  An infrared detection flight has been requested for tonight and will enable better determinations of the fire’s current size and most active areas.  In the meantime, a less accurate satellite image of the fire’s heat will be posted on Inciweb tonight.

A drone was observed in the vicinity of the fire today.  Do not fly drones near firefighting operations.  If a drone is observed, firefighting aircraft could be grounded, impeding fire suppression activities and threatening firefighter safety.  Do not fly drones in this area.

The map of the evacuation plan that is currently on Inciweb shows a triangle of Level 3 from Boggan’s Oasis, north to Big Butte, SE to Anatone, and SW to Boggan’s Oasis.   This area should be Level 2.  Other features of this map are accurate.  A corrected map will be posted tomorrow.

The current evacuation notices include:
Level 3:  Troy, Eden Bench, Grouse Flat, Bartlett
Level 3:   North of the Grande Ronde river at Eden Bench and Troy to the state line.  East along the state line to Hwy 129, north through Boggan’s Oasis to Big Butte.
Level 2:   An area east of Hwy 129 from the State line north through Boggan’s Oasis to Big Butte
Level 2:   An area within the boundary from the Clearwater Guard Station to Lick Creek Road; from Lick Creek Rd. to Asotin city limits; around Asotin to the Snake River; from the Snake River south to the state line; from the state line west to Highway 129.
Level 2:   Flora, Lost Prairie, Redmond Grade northeast to Highway 3
Level 1: City of Asotin

Evacuation Levels:
Level 1: Be alert to situation.
Level 2: Be ready to evacuate.
Level 3: Leave immediately.

A Red Cross Shelter is located Enterprise High School 201 SE 4th St, Enterprise at. Phone 541-519-2360

Quick Facts:
Fire Size:  52,000 acres
Fire Start Date: August 13, 2015
Location:  20 miles SE of Dayton, WA, burning on Umatilla National Forest and private lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and Washington Dept. of Natural Resources.
Hazards: Rapid fire growth with crowning and spotting. Unauthorized drone flights.
Values at Risk: Public safety, Communities of Troy, Grouse Flats, Eden Bench; Long Meadows Guard Station; Historic Hoodoo lookout and compound
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%

Fire Information:
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Grizzly Bear Complex Facebook Page: our Grizzly Bear Complex Facebook Page:

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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