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Sunday, September 13, 2015

9/13/2015 National Creek Fire Update

South Central Oregon Incident Management Team, Leland Hunter
Aaron Kendall, IC3 (t)
For Immediate Release: September 13, 2015 0600
Fire Information
National Creek Fire 9/13/2015
  • Today’s weather will be a repeat of yesterday, it will remain dry and warm with temperatures in the high 70’s , low 80’s and a Haines Index of 5- 6. (Haines Index (HI) is a numerical value that indicates the potential for large wildfires to experience extreme fire behavior.
  • The smoke will be dense during the morning hours and will likely drift over the North Entrance Road and possibly State Hwy. 138 during the afternoon as the winds travel over the fire to the west/southwest.
  • The Crater Lake National Park North Entrance road and the PCT trail remain open. However, with the increased fire activity on the southwest corner of the fire, we advise visitors to check the Crater Lake National Park web page ( and call the fire information number (541)600-4089.
  • Today, much of the firefighting efforts will be concentrated in the southern portion of the fire. Crews continue to secure and strengthen contingency and control lines in the Minnehaha area using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics.
  • The firefighting strategy on the National Creek Complex continues to be full suppression, using the right methods for the current conditions and the highest priority being risk to firefighters and resources.
  • With the increase of smoke, visitors should use caution by turning on headlights, putting the air conditioning on inside car circulation and pull over to view or take pictures.
Location: NW Boundary of Crater Lake National Park &
Rogue River-Siskiyou & Umpqua National Forests
Date Started: August 1,2015
Cause: Lightning
Size:16,744 acres
Containment: 70%
Injuries: 6
Total Personnel: 236
Handcrews: 7 = 115 Fire fighters
Task Force: 30 Firefighters
Water Tenders: 3
Miscellaneous equipment: 6
Engines: 3
Air Support: 4
Overhead: 61


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