FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect as of June 1, 2018
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure in effect as of June 29, 2018 - Modified July 20, 2018
MH1 and MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 3 as of July 16, 2018
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Effective July 22, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Memaloose #2 Fire

News Release:  Memaloose #2
Saturday August 11, 2018
11:00 a.m.

Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
    541-263-0661
     
The Memaloose #2 Fire was reported late Friday evening burning on the south side of Interstate 84 near the eastbound Memaloose Rest Area.  Initial attack resources worked through the night as the wind pushed the fire east in light fuels.  Unified command has been established between Oregon Department of Forestry, Mosier Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Firefighters from the US Forest Service, Mosier Fire and Rescue, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Hood River Structural Task Force, and the Oregon Department of Forestry are continuing work to establish containment lines this morning. 

US Highway 30 is closed from the Memaloose Overlook (MP 61.5) to the Rowena I-84 interchange (MP 66.5). The fire is threatening homes in the Rowena Dell community and evacuations are in place for the area.  Information for current evacuation levels can be found on the Wasco County Sheriff’s facebook page:  www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/. 

The fire is currently estimated at 175 acres.  Today firefighters are working to stop the fire spread to the east using dozers to establish firelines and aircraft to cool hot spots and any fire spotting outside the fire perimeter.  Two FireBoss air tankers (water scooping airplanes) from the Washington Department of Natural Resources are available to support the firefighters on the ground as needed.  Additional resources will be arriving on scene today to relieve personnel who have been on the fireline overnight and to bolster suppression efforts.

Governor Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act at 8:55 a.m. Saturday morning, providing additional resources to protect lives and homes in the area.  Oregon State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM) Blue Incident Management Team (IC Walker) will be in-briefing today at 12:00 p.m.  Following the in-brief OSFM unified command will be established between ODF, OSFM, and USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  In addition to the overhead personnel from the Incident Management Team four structural task forces will be arriving today and two additional task forces will be arriving for night shift. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Allen Creek Fire Update


Prineville, OR –This morning firefighters on the Allen Creek Fire are reporting 100% containment for the fire.  Yesterday crews focused on finding and extinguishing heat and flames adjacent to the fireline to keep the fire inside the existing perimeter.  In many areas they were able to mop-up more than 100 feet into the interior of the fire.  With a forecast of increasing heat this week fire managers are focusing efforts on the fire to ensure that the fire will not rekindle or move outside containment lines.  Gordon Foster, Prineville Unit Forester, commented on the great work from firefighters on Allen Creek, “Crews did some great work today, although fuels were light they worked hard throughout the day to ensure good containment. 

Last night’s shift included two 5-person crews and one engine, these resources used infra-red cameras to detect heat sources underground.  These “hot spots” are identified so crews can follow up with water and tools to extinguish the burning material.  

Today two 20-person crews, four engines, and two tenders will be continuing mop-up activities.  Fire managers are looking to have 100% mop-up completed for the fire by end of shift on Wednesday.  Aircraft is available to support the fire if it is needed.  The fire will continue to be in patrol status after the mop-up work is complete.

Reported around 11:30 a.m. on August 5, 2018, the fire burned primarily grass and brush on steep and rocky terrain near Allen Creek Road in northwest Crook County. Heavy use of aircraft and a surge of ground resources during initial attack checked the spread of the fire at approximately 27 acres.  The fire is under investigation.


For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Allen Creek Fire Update

Public information contact for the Allen Creek Fire is Laura York-541-447-5658

Prineville, OR – Firefighters responded to a new incident located approximately 10 miles north of Prineville, near Allen Creek Road.  The fire, burning in grass and brush, was reported at 11:23 a.m. on August 5, 2018.  The fire is currently under investigation.

Local resources responded with initial attack that included, four Oregon Department of Forestry engines, two U.S. Forest Service engines, four hand crews, four dozers, three water tenders, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), three heavy air tankers, and four helicopters.  Crook County Fire and Rescue assisted, providing multiple engines and a water tender, along with the Crook County Sheriff who provided additional overhead resources.  The landowner provided two skidgines and one dozer.

Aggressive initial attack held the fire at approximately 27 acres.   The dozers and skidgines were able to tie in the fire line, and hose was laid allowing crews to begin mop up by 7:00 p.m.   Overnight, three 5-person crews, one engine, two water tenders, and one 20-person crew continued working on the fire.  Crews will continue mopping up today with Type 4 Incident Commander Jones, one other overhead person, two tenders, three crews and two engines. Fire is currently 100% lined and 40% containment.

During the initial attack, as a precautionary measure, Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation notices were issued by the Crook County Sheriff’s office for the Lofton Creek area, which included approximately half a dozen residences.  Evacuation Level 1 was lifted at 6:00 p.m. on August 5, 2018. 


For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.