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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

8/24/2016 2500 Road Fire Update

Crews continued to make good progress yesterday, and through the night. Clearing conditions allowed aircraft to work the fire into the evening. 

Today crews will work to establish containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. They will focus on mop up efforts for areas of the fireline that have been constructed either by hand or dozer. Crews continue to patrol for spot fires throughout the fire area. 

The weather today will be different compared to yesterday. The fog is expected to lift earlier, and temperatures will be higher. The wind is expected to shift to the NW by this afternoon, with gusts up to 10 mph. When the fog lifts there will be a good opportunity to use aircraft on the fire. The fire could also become more active as temperatures rise. Smoke may become more visible to the public. 

Over the next 24 hours the objective will be to establish containment lines around the fire while continuing to mop up inside the fire perimeter. "Mop up" -Extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke.This will prepare the fire to be tested by higher temperatures and east winds that are predicted to be here tomorrow. 

During the morning briefing for the firefighters the agency administrator Mike Totey said "It's different at the coast" several times while he was explaining to them that the vegetation is different than what they are used to when fighting fires. The mop up efforts will be different, and fighting fire is different than what fire crews are used to. 

Citizens are encouraged to be mindful of the heavy traffic in and around Depoe Bay. 

Fogarty Creek State Park will temporarily remain closed to the public while fire crews are utilizing it for fire camp. The incident command post is located at the Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue station. 

There are no evacuations currently in effect. 

Evacuation levels are explained as: 

Level 1 indicates that residents should be "ready" for potential evacuations. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. 

Level 2 indicates that residents should be "set" for a potential evacuation. Residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. 

Level 3 evacuation means "GO" evacuate now leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately.


Cause: Under investigation 

Total personnel: 276 

Hand crews: 16 

Helicopters: 2 

Fire engines: 16 

Bulldozers: 2 

Water Tenders: 6 

Total acres: 222 

Containment: 0% 

Estimated suppression cost: $175,000 

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Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue- 

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8/24/2016 NW Large Fire Map

8/24/2016 Rail Fire Morning Update

The continuing strategy for containment of the Rail Fire consists of keeping it within the eastern and western boundaries of the Monument Rock Wilderness while it moves southward. Toward that end, firefighters on Tuesday initiated a firing operation along the southeast flank that extended nearly three miles as they tried to stay ahead of the fire’s southward progress.
Today’s plan includes hand firing operations on both sides of the fire and aerial ignition in the fire’s interior to bring fire slowly down steep slopes to the established lines. The smoke created by the firing operations will flow primarily to the south, toward Juntura. In the days to follow, as the lines approach the southern extent of the Wilderness, firefighters plan to cut across from east to west, effectively boxing the fire in and preventing it from spreading farther.
Last night’s on-the-ground palm infrared crew found six smokes along 2.5 miles of the eastern fireline near the Stevens Barney OHV trail. Crews are extinguishing those hot spots today, as well as another spot fire located on the southwestern edge of the fire.
A Level-1 Pre-Evacuation Advisory has been issued by Grant County for the area of Summit Rock, Elk Creek Campground and the Hunters Creek area. The area extends from Summit Prairie Road, east to the Grant County line and south from the Grant County line three miles to Tub Springs. This was initiated per county policy because the fire is within five miles of the closest residence. In Grant County, Level 1 is a Pre-evacuation advisory used primarily in slow-moving events. At this level, residents are made aware that danger exists and encouraged to monitor the local news outlets for information. Residents with special needs or those with pets or livestock should take note and make preparations for relocation.
Beginning today, Malheur National Forest has banned all campfires, chainsaws, and combustible engines (except motor vehicles) within the Forest boundary.
The public is reminded to be vigilant with respect to fire, and to report any suspicious activity. Investigators are looking at arson as a cause for 14 Central Oregon fires ignited over the past three weeks.

Fire at a Glance
Size: 32,530
Containment: 45%
Location: 5 miles west of Unity, Oregon
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 867
24 Crews
42 Engines
7 Dozers
25 Water tenders
4  Masticators
5  Skidders/Skidgins
4 Type 1 heavy helicopters
1  Type 2 medium helicopter
2  Type 3 light helicopter
The fire area and nearby roads are closed. The closure order can be found at (Click Maps” for the closure map)

Fire Information:
(541) 446-3592

8/24/2016 Spokane Complex Morning Update

Fire Information:  (509) 477-2780                                           

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 9:00 am

Fire managers of the Spokane Complex will sponsor a public meeting tonight at 6:00 pm to interact with members of the public regarding the current fire situation.  The meeting will be held at the Freeman High School gymnasium.  

Last night after consultation with fire managers, the Spokane County Sheriff reduced all evacuation levels to Level 1.  Essentially, this level of evacuation notice means that the public should be aware that there is still active fire in the area.  Please contact the Spokane County Sheriff or Spokane Emergency Management at: for more information.

The Wellesley Fire is now 100% contained and the Yale Fire is 50% contained.  Firefighters continue to work toward 100% containment and control.  Due to better mapping resulting from an infrared flight last night, the Wellesley Fire is now estimated to be 365 acres while the Yale Fire is 6886 acres.

Most of the active fire within the Yale Fire is located south of Rock Canyon and in Hangman Valley.  Yesterday, firefighters conducted a burn-out operation on the east side of the Hangman Road.  Burn-out tactics are used in order to ensure fire lines remain secure by consuming unburnt fuels adjacent to fire lines.  The majority of smoke yesterday was a result of the burn-out operation.  The public may see additional smoke today as firefighters continue burn-out operations on the west side of Hangman Road. 

Winds are expected to change direction and come from the northeast thereby testing fire lines.  Firefighters continue to mop up hot spot and reinforce fire lines.  Hand-held infrared cameras will also be used adjacent to residences and improvements to ensure all hot spots are extinguished.