Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander
Note: This will be the final update from this team.
Sisters, OR – The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Link Smith, will hand the fire over to a smaller Type 3 organization tomorrow. The Team would like to thank the Sisters, Three Rivers and Grandview communities for their kind hospitality and support during its stay.The size of the fire remains 2,094 acres, and it is now 80 percent contained.
While fire crews have reached at least 300 feet into the fire from the perimeter with mop-up operations, residents may see smoke for several days from burning stumps and snags well within containment lines.
The Type 3 Team in place for the next few days is made up of about 140 firefighters and support staff. Equipment assigned to the fire with this team will include three fire engines, four water tenders, two bulldozers, three skidgines and one helicopter. The fire camp will be moved to ODF’s Sisters sub-unit office.
Now that the smoke has cleared over the Akawana Fire, residents should continue to treat fire season with respect. Everyone is encouraged to follow current fire season restrictions to prevent human-caused fires.
In addition, residents of the wildland-urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire threatens communities. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at www.wildlandfirersg.org/.
To stay up to date on fire information in central Oregon, please follow Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District on Facebook. Other valuable resources include www.inciweb.nwcg.gov, www.oregon.gov/odf, www.keeporegongreen.org and www.airnow.gov.
The incident management team would also like to recognize and thank all cooperating agencies that assisted us in the complete and coordinated fire protection system on this fire. Agencies and partners included the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and responding structural task forces from around the state, Lake Chinook Fire District, the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, Crooked River National Grasslands, PGE/Warms Springs Tribes Land Ownership, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.