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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Akawana Fire update - June 12, 2016 evening

Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander


Type of Incident: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: June 7, 2016
Location: Akawana Butte, 13 miles North of Sisters
Types of Fuel: Grass, Brush and Timber
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Damaged: 0
Residences Destroyed: 0
Current Size: 2,094 acres
Percent Containment: 80%
Number of Personnel: 537
Hand Crews: 21
Engines 16
Dozers 5
Water Tenders 11
Skidgines 5 (track equipment with a water tank and pump)
Helicopters 6

Note: It was another great day on the fireline. Firefighters continued aggressive mop-up, making sure that this fire will not reignite and flare up later this summer. No additional growth has occurred in the last operational period. The size remains 2,094 acres and is now 80 percent contained. A warming trend and stronger winds are expected tomorrow that will pose a mild test to containment lines.

Cooperators: Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, US Forest Service, Lake Chinook Fire District, Crooked River National Grasslands, Central Oregon Fire Management Services, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, PGE/Warm Springs Tribes Land Ownership.

Contact Info:
Tom Fields
Oregon Dept. of Forestry

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