Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stouts Creek Fire update - 08-27-15

Crews continue to work to contain the Stouts Creek Fire. Day and night operations remain as firefighters continue suppression, strengthening control lines and conducting repair work. No perimeter growth is expected. Yesterday a Type 1 helicopter made 22 drops of approximately 700 gallons per drop. A total of 15,400 gallons were dropped on a flare up on the south end of the fire east of Cow Creek. Fire size remains at 26,452 acres (due to more accurate mapping) and is 86 percent contained.  

“We are committed to this fire and the state of Oregon.” said Butch Galbraith, Operations Chief for the Florida Forest Service Incident Management Team, “It is important to us to leave this community and our fire partners with a manageable and operable situation during this dry fire season.” Mr. Galbraith went on to say, “The team, along with all other fire resources, will work together to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible.”

Level 1 evacuation notice is still in effect along Hwy 227 from mile post 26-20 and 28-34. Also Upper Cow Creek Road remains at Level 1 from the east end of the road. The fire area remains closed to the public. Local residents should be aware of the danger that still exists in their area, monitor emergency services, websites and local media outlets for information.

There are 418 personnel assigned to the fire with 8 crews, 11 engines, 5 water tenders, 2 bulldozers and 2 helicopters. To date, the Stout Creek Fire has cost $36 million. The Incident Management Team is protecting lands that are about 46 percent on state protected lands, which include Bureau of Land Management and private lands and 54 percent on the Umpqua National Forest.

● 26,452 acres
● 86% contained
● 158 residences threatened
● Personnel:418
● Helicopters: 2
● Hand crews: 8
● Fire engines: 12
● Bulldozers: 2
● Water Tenders: 5
● Evacuations:. All areas remain at Evacuation Level 1 (Get Ready).
Phone:  541-825-3724
Cell: 206-402-7175
@stoutsfire #stoutsfire

Eagle Complex update - 08-27-15

Incident Summary
Start Date:                  August 11, 2015
Cause:                        Lightning
Location:                    20 Miles NW of Richland, Oregon
Size:                           11,908 acres
Containment:              7%
Resources:                 328 Personnel
                                     9 Crews, 14 Engines, 4 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
                                     4 Type 1 Helicopters,1 Type 3 Helicopters

On Wednesday, air support from fixed wing aircraft - including one 11,600-gal. retardant drop from a DC-10 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) - totaled 30,000 gal. on the Eagle Complex ,with an additional 2,000 gal. dropped using heavy helicopters. The aerial resources assisted firefighters in securing containment lines and cooling hot spots across the fire, primarily focusing on the East Eagle area where crews continued preparing lines in preparation for a burnout running from the eastern most section of the fire to the Little Eagle Creek. Crews were able to bring fire from the southern edge of the fire to the east of Forest Service Road 7745, down the hill to the road. Finally, structure protection measures remain in place around the fire perimeter including near Footbridge, just north of where the fire is continuing to back down the Boulder Creek and Two Colors drainages toward Forest Service Road 7755.

On Thursday, winds are expected to remain out of the south-southwest with gusts up to 20 m.p.h. Indirect containment lines running east to west from the eastern-most section of the fire to the Eagle Cap Wilderness are expected to be completed today, and firefighters plan to burn out from the containment lines to secure the fire’s eastern edge as conditions allow. Aerial resources will continue supporting firefighters on the ground during the burnout operation. Crews remain engaged in mop-up efforts on Forest Service Road 77 to the junction of the 7745 road to secure the southern edge of the fire, as well as continuing mop-up around structures in the East Eagle Creek area.

Evacuations: The Baker County Sheriff's Office maintains a LEVEL 3 evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns to the Northeast at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long Creek drainage to the wilderness.

The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to Carson down to the forest boundary remain at LEVEL 2 (Get Set). Evacuation levels for the Eagle Complex are available on the interactive incident map (

Area Fire Closures: There is an area closure in effect for the Eagle Complex near Main Eagle, East Eagle, Tamarack Campground and Two Color Campground. Please see the link to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Website (

Canyon Creek Complex update - 08-27-15

Hot, dry weather and winds increase fire activity Wednesday, similar conditions today

Afternoon winds coupled with hot and dry conditions fanned the eastern portion down from Norton Fork to Pine Creek, triggering evacuations. Five heavy air tankers responded quickly and dropped seven to ten loads of retardant near residential areas. The initial large column of smoke, which was visible from John Day and Prairie City, was generated by heavy fire activity and long range spotting north of Indian Creek Butte and then moving down into Pine Creek.  Later southwest winds in the valley pushed the fire around the slope to the east and towards Indian Creek. Weather conditions kept the fire very active into the night and early morning, when it finally moderated.

Upper Pine Creek, Gardner Ranch Lane and Upper Dog Creek south of Little Dog Creek were raised to a Level 3 evacuation. Lower Pine Creek and Dog Creek are in Level 2 evacuation.

In anticipation of the unstable conditions, firefighters were pre-positioned in strategic locations along the northern section of the fire and in the residential areas of Upper Pine Creek and Upper Dog Creek. They spent the day improving and connecting contingency lines and monitoring the area closely. In the early evening and when work conditions were safe, they provided critical structure protection needs.

No burnout operations were conducted yesterday.

Southwest winds along the western and southern fire perimeter the last several days enabled firefighters to locate and extinguish hot spots. That hard work has resulted in 44 percent containment of the Canyon Creek Complex and created more control lines along the southern and western sides of the fire.     

Night operations worked to secure fire lines and structures on the northeast flank of the fire.

Planned Actions Include:

Canyon Creek
•   The fire line will be tested again today due to a local Red Flag Warning for hot and dry conditions and southwest winds up to 20 m.p.h. and unstable air mass. Anticipate smoke columns and active fire movement.

•   Fire managers intend to be flexible and strategic, using the right resources, at the right time and in the right locations.

•   Crews will continue to improve and hold dozer and hand lines along the forest’s northern border and provide protection to residences.

•   Air tankers will be used as soon as possible to pre-treat structures in the Indian Creek area. Air tankers will also drop retardant along dozer lines for reinforcement in the Dog Creek area. 

•   Crews will do fire suppression repair on the western side of the fire, rehabilitating dozer lines, fixing fences and putting in water bars to reduce erosion.

•   Oregon Trails Electric Coop continues to restore power to residences along Hwy 395.

Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT): Highway 395 is open for two-way travel. Due to firefighters, equipment and the power company on the road, a pilot car will lead traffic in specific areas between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Anticipate delays. 

Grant County Sheriff: The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to be respectful of private property and to remain on the road unless invited.  Trespassing is punishable by law and violators will be prosecuted.

Oregon National Guard: Six twenty-person National Guard squads are contributing to the Canyon Creek Complex fire suppression efforts. Stationed at the Lake Creek Organizational Camp, they are working the western and southern perimeters of the fire, patrolling and securing the control lines and ensuring that hot spots 150 feet in from the line are out.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER): A BAER team has been ordered and will begin to conduct a water shed assessment of the area in order to plan rehabilitation of fire lines and mitigate soil erosion.

Weather: A local Red Flag Warning for hot and dry conditions and 15 to 20 mph southwest winds is in effect today.

Air Quality Index: Anticipate varying levels of smoke. For more specific information visit Oregon Smoke Information at

Cause:                                       Lightning

Date of Origin:                        August 12, 2015

Location:                                 One mile south of the towns of John Day and Canyon City, Oregon.

Types of Fuel:                         Timber with brush/grass understory; areas of medium density logging slash.

Structures Threatened:            75

Structures Damaged:               50

Residences Destroyed:            39

Current Size:                           85,960 acres

Percent Containment:              44%

Number of Personnel:             715   

Types of resources:                 2 Type 1 crews, 8 Type 2 crews, 7 helicopters, 67 engines, 14 dozers, 21 water tenders, 11 skidgines

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-27-15

The 11,908-acre Eagle Complex 20 miles NW of Richland, Oregon, is seven percent contained. The lightning-caused fires are currently staffed with 328 total personnel. Resources include: nine hand crews, 14 fire engines, four water tenders, seven bulldozers and five helicopters.

The 85,960-acre Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is 44 percent contained. The lightning-caused fires are located one mile south of John Day and Canyon City. Afternoon winds Wednesday coupled with hot, dry conditions caused expansion and triggered evacuations in the Pine Creek area.

The Eldorado Fire and Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex – The Eldorado Fire five miles SE of Unity is 20,635 acres and 80 percent contained. The Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex 16 miles south of Baker City is 103,887 acres and 85 percent contained.

Mop-up continues on the 26-acre August Fire in the Forest Grove District. The fire lines appear to be secure, But ODF will continue to manage the fire for the possibility of dry easterly winds in September. Cause is under investigation.

The 71,959-acre Grizzly Bear Complex is 10 percent contained. The lightning-caused fires are burning 20 miles SE of Dayton, Wash., and near Troy, Ore., in the Northeast Oregon District.

The 24,452-acre Stouts Creek Fire is 86 percent contained. The human-caused fire is burning 16 miles east of Canyonville. No perimeter growth is expected.

The 337-acre Falls Creek Fire is uncontained. It is burning five miles south of Joseph.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry fire update - 08-26-15

Firefighters had a good day yesterday on the 67,930-acre Grizzly Bear Complex Fire. Crews increased the percentage of containment as they worked long hours in hot weather and difficult conditions.

People interested in helping victims of the fires in Oregon are encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross. Go online: For more information, call the Red Cross office in Bend, 541-382-2142, or Portland, 503-284-1234.

ODF Forest Grove District

August Fire | Date | south side of Highway 26 |26 acres | contained and in mop-up | Under investigation |ODF local management |

More information: 503-357-2191 |

ODF West Oregon District – Dallas Unit

Willamina Creek Fire | 08-19-15 | 9 miles north of Willamina | 230 acres | 95% contained | Under investigation | ODF local mgmt. team |

ODF Central Oregon District – John Day Unit

Canyon Creek Complex | 08-12-15 | one mile south of John Day and Canyon City | 74,744 acres | 42% contained | 699 personnel | Lightning | Great Basin IMT 1 (IC Lund) |

More Information: Joint Information Center: 541-820-3643 or 541-820-3633 | | | | #canyoncreekcomplex |

ODF Northeast Oregon District – Wallowa Unit

Falls Creek Fire | 08-22-15 |4 miles southwest of Joseph, OR | 324 acres | 0% contained | Local IMT (IC Tyler) |

More Information: 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1208 | |

Grizzly Bear Complex
| 08-13-15 | 20 miles SE of Dayton WA – Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, south and east | 67,930 acres | 10% contained | 740 personnel | Lightning | WA IMT 4 (IC Gales) / OSFM Green Team (IC Kunze)

ODF Northeast Oregon District – Baker Sub-Unit

Eldorado Fire and Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex | Eldorado Fire reported 08-14-15, Cornet-Windy Ridge Complex reported 08-10-15 | Eldorado: 5 miles southeast of Unity, Cornet-Windy Ridge: 10 miles east of Unity | Eldorado: 20,635 acres and 80% contained, a lightning hold-over; Cornet-Windy Ridge,103,887 acres and 85% contained, lightning |ODF IMT 3 (IC Smith) returned management of the Eldorado and Cornett-Windy Ridge fires to the respective jurisdictional agencies this morning |

More information: Baker County, Oregon Joint Information Center (JIC):  541-523-2905 | | | |#EldoradoFire |

Eagle Complex | 08-10-15 | 16 miles northeast of Baker City | 10,964 acres |7% contained | 307 personnel | Lightning | Rocky Mountain Black IMT (IC Greer). 

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)

Stouts Fire |07-30-15 | 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo | 26,452 acres (more accurate mapping) | 86% contained | 610 personnel | Human | Florida Forest Service Type 3 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Mike Work

More information:  Phone:  541-825-3724 | | www://  | #StoutsFire |

Eldorado-Cornet-Windy Ridge Fires final update

August 25, 2015

Unity, Ore. –  The Eldorado and the Cornet-Windy Ridge fires remain unchanged in size as firefighters continue to douse hot spots within their respective perimeters. The Eldorado Fire is 20,611 acres and 75 percent contained and the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire is 103,877 acres and 80 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 will return management responsibilities back to the respective agencies tomorrow morning.

Through Monday, both fires under the Type 1 organization included a total of 293 personnel. Today, the   Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire will have 1 20-person crew, 7 engines, 1 water tender and 2 dozers while the Eldorado Fire will have 1 20-person crew, 8 engines, and 2 dozers. Each fire will have 4 engines and a 20-person hand crew for several more days to continue mop up and rehabilitation activities.

The fire team would like to take this opportunity and thank all of the communities in Baker and Malheur counties for their hospitality and support during the fire suppression effort.

Now that the smoke has subsided over the two fires, 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 who live in the wildland urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire happens. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at  While defensible space is encouraged to provide additional protection against wildfires, please refrain from using power driven machinery until fire season is declared over.

Eagle Complex update - 08-26-15

Incident Summary

Start Date:                  August 11, 2015
Cause:                        Lightning
Location:                    20 Miles NW of Richland, Oregon
Size:                            10,965 Acres
Containment:              7%
Resources:                 321 Personnel
                                     9 crews, 16 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 7 bulldozers,
                                     5 helicopters

The Eagle Complex progressed north on Tuesday, then began backing down the western flank into the drainage above Two Colors and toward Boulder Creek as firefighters initiated structure protection efforts near Footbridge. Structure protection efforts continued along East Eagle Creek using a PSD (plastic sphere dispenser) to ignite unburned fuel between the main fire and structures on upper East Eagle Creek. The southwest edge of the Eagle Complex is nearly contained along most of Eagle Creek and mop-up efforts will continue today. Additionally, crews continued to construct indirect fire line around the fire on the east side of East Eagle Creek. Crews are putting in hand lines and using dozers to create a line between East Eagle Creek and the eastern edge of this fire, then north and east to bring the line towards Little Eagle Creek. Firefighters on the ground were assisted by a heavy air tanker that dropped a line of retardant on the east edge of fire to support line construction. A series of contingency lines have been created by crews and dozers, creating multiple opportunities to check the fire if it continues to move the south and east.
On Wednesday, firefighters hope to finish preparing indirect line construction around the southeast portion of fire on the east side of East Eagle Creek, in an effort to stop the fire’s progress toward neighboring communities to the east and south. When line construction is completed, crews are planning to perform a burnout off of the indirect line this evening. A 6,000-gallon tank was brought into the East Eagle area to assist crews on the ground and reduce aircrafts’ flight time between water and retardant drops. Structure protection efforts will continue near Footbridge as necessary today, as well as mop-up along Forest Service Road 77.

Evacuations: The Baker County Sheriff's Office has issued a LEVEL 3 evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns to the Northeast at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long Creek drainage to the wilderness.
The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to Carson down to the forest boundary have been increased to a LEVEL 2 (Get Set). Evacuation levels for the Eagle Complex are available on the interactive incident map (
Area Fire Closures: There is an area closure in effect for the Eagle Complex near Main Eagle, East Eagle, Tamarack Campground and Two Color Campground. Please see the link to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Website (

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