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Monday, September 10, 2018

ODF Fire Update for Monday, Sept. 10


Round-up of new significant fire activity 
The Row River Road Fire in the South Cascade district was contained at initial attack last Wednesday (Sept. 5) at 12 acres. However, it destroyed four residences and three outbuildings. The cause is under investigation.

The Tepee Fire started Friday, Sept. 7 about 17 miles southeast of Bend. It stands at 2,067 acres and 40% contained. Road, trail and area closures are in effect. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the fire. 

The Willow Fire also started Friday, Sept. 7, burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands just east of Madras. This fire is at about 400 acres and 60% contained. Firefighters resumed mop-up today, but terrain is a challenge. Containment is expected to rise today as crews cool hot spots on fire lines. All evacuations were lifted on Sunday.

Ongoing fires
Terwilliger Fire - Willamette National Forest
After backing down Sawtooth Ridge on Friday, the northeast section of the fire showed little activity over the weekend. Moderate to low-intensity fire continues to move slowly east into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Helicopters performed bucket drops over the weekend and are available as needed.

Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River
Cause: Under investigation
Acres burned: 10,944
Personnel: 562
Containment: 66%
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Klondike Fire West
As expected, fire activity on the Klondike West Fire remains tied to the weather with moderate fire behavior. On Sunday afternoon, conditions were right for a successful tactical firing operation from Forest Service Road 2308 Northeast to Brandy Creek. With moderate fire activity, other planned burns were delayed due to wind direction and low relative humidity contributing to small spot fires across the line. Crews are waiting for favorable winds with a plan to run a swing shift this evening in hopes of opportunities for burning.  

Evacuation Information: The evacuation level in the Agness Zone remains at 2 - Be Set.

Location: 9 miles northwest of Selma
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: 132,420 acres
Personnel: 1,303
Containment: 51%
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Watson Creek Fire - Lake County
This fire was turned back over to the local unit today. Teams will be performing suppression repair. The fire is expected to continue to smolder and smoke until a season-ending precipitation event occurs. Crews will patrol and monitor. This will be the final report unless significant activity occurs.

Location: 
6 miles west of Paisley
Ignition Date: August 15, 2018
Cause: 
Under investigation
Acres burned:
59,061 acres
Personnel:
88
Containment:
95%
More information: 

Miles and Columbus fires 
(formerly the South Umpqua Complex/Sugar Pine Fires; also includes Snow Shoe and Round Top)
The Miles and Columbus fires merged last week, as expected. A Type 3 Incident Management Team took over on Monday. Growth has been relatively light as fire patrols and suppression repair continue.

Location: Approximately 7 miles northeast of Trail
Ignition date: July 15, 2018
Cause: Lightning
Acres burned: Combined total of 53,653 acres
Personnel: 261
Containment: 65%
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