West Oregon District – Dallas Unit
Willamina Creek Fire information number: (503) 934-8153
August 26, 2015, 9 a.m.
Major active operations on the Willamina Creek Fire are quickly ramping down and fire managers would like to take a moment to express their gratitude to everyone who has helped with this fire. The assistance and generosity from the local community has been genuinely appreciated. A few of the many that assisted include: Yamhill County Emergency Management, Public Works, CERT and ARES teams for establishing and staffing road blocks to ensure firefighter and public safety; volunteers for assisting with keeping fire camp running smoothly, including ODF retiree, Doug Shadbolt; Mark and Matthew Matocha for generously offering use of their field for a staging area and helibase; the communities of Willamina, Sheridan and Dallas for turning out in droves to provide treats, water and Gatorade to crews; and many more provided support in so many ways. All of the support is truly appreciated.
Excellent progress has been made on the Willamina Creek Fire over the last few days. The Type 3 team that has been managing this fire will be transitioning it back to the West Oregon District after today. This will be the last update from this fire.
At this morning’s operational briefing, West Oregon District leadership and the Incident Commander expressed their gratitude to crews for their hard work and persistence in stopping this fire, minimizing acres burned and protecting valuable forest resources.
Work on mop-up will continue over the next several days, primarily utilizing help from inmate crews from South Fork Forest Camp and Mill Creek institutions. The fire will continue to be patrolled after mop up work has been completed to ensure no unseen hazards arise.
Weather and Fire Behavior:The forecast for the day today is expected to be sunny with a few high clouds. Temperatures will be between 82 and 86 degrees with 30-35 percent relative humidity. Tonight, temperatures will drop to 43-48 degrees and relative humidity will rise to 85-90 percent.
Location: approx. 9 miles north of Willamina, OR
Percent contained: 95%
Size: 230 acres
Cause: under investigation
Start Date: 08-19-15, approximately 5 p.m.
Wildland resources assigned to the fire include (day and night shifts): 11 hand crews, 8 engines, 1 bulldozer, 6 water tenders, and overhead personnel.
Total personnel: 195
Cost estimate to date: $1,380,000
Evacuations and closures:
Four cabins along East Creek Road are under a Level 1 (Ready, in the Ready, Set, Go! system) until 6 p.m. tonight; the evacuation notice will be lifted at that time. The road blocks on Willamina Creek Road and East Creek Road will continue to be in effect through the weekend. Road blocks are currently in place at the north and south junctions of Willamina Creek and East Creek Roads.
Places to get information:
ODF Fire Blog - wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Twitter - twitter.com/ORDeptForestry