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.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Wilson Prairie Fire Update


Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
                   541-263-0661
                   Darcy Weseman, Umatilla National Forest
                   541-278-3722

[Morrow County, Ore.] Firefighters have completed mop up operations on the Wilson Prairie Fire located near the Morrow County Off Highway Vehicle Park in southern Morrow County.  The fire was initially reported on July 23, 2018 and burned 405 acres.  The fire is in patrol status as of Saturday, August 4, 2018.  Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire during the heat of the day when any potential smoldering fire may become more active.
There are unburned areas of fuel within the interior of the fire with smoldering and creeping fire.  These areas are well interior of the fireline with minimal risk of the fire moving outside the lines.  Some hose remains on the fireline to be used if fire or heat is discovered near the line.
The Umatilla National Forest Area and Road Closure around the fire was rescinded as of Friday afternoon. 
Information for the fire is available on InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028/
The weather forecast for the region will return to a hot and dry trend over the next few days.  Please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
·        Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
·        Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest is in effect.  For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visit www.bmidc.org.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


South Valley Fire

[Dufur, Ore.] The South Valley Fire was reported Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., burning in ponderosa pine, oak, and wheat, southwest of Dufur, Oregon on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands.  Dry fuels and steady winds have contributed to the fire’s spread.   It is currently estimated at 10,000 acres.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Governor Kate Brown has invoked the Conflagration Act in response to the fire’s threat to homes and infrastructure. Tonight Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) mobilized resources to the fire and is in Unified Command with ODF.  Tonight firefighters will take advantage of increased humidity and reduced wind to engage the fire and build fireline while the fire behavior is moderated.      
Evacuation information for the fire can be found on the Wasco County Sheriff’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/
The fire originated approximately five miles southwest of Dufur, and spread to the southeast, crossing Highway 197 south of Dufur. Potential spread of the fire overnight toward the Deschutes River prompted the Bureau of Land Management to implement a Level 3 evacuation order in Segment 3 of the river corridor from Sandy Beach to Mack’s Canyon.
Resources on the fire today included large air tankers, very large air tankers, Washington Department of Natural Resources FireBoss scoopers, ODF Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), several helicopters, ground crews and engines from ODF and the U.S. Forest Service, additional engines from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and other local rural fire departments, and contract dozers.  Approximately 150 fire personnel have engaged in the fire this afternoon and evening, with more resources arriving tonight with OSFM.  Additional resources have been ordered and will arrive tomorrow.  Aerial resources will be supporting ground suppression activities Thursday morning.
Year-to-date the District has responded to 48 human caused fires, burning nearly 350 acres.  This is nine more than the ten-year average for this time period.  Fuel conditions throughout the region continue to be very dry with the potential for rapid fire growth from every spark.  Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.   

Wilson Prairie NWIMT8 Thank You Video

Northwest Incident Management team 8 would like to thank publics, cooperators, agency administrators and firefighter for their assistance in the suppression of the Wilson Prairie Fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pImZygNFJXw


News Release:  Area and Road Closures Reduced on the Wilson Prairie Fire
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018

Contact:  Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry
                   541-263-0661
                   Darcy Weseman, Umatilla National Forest
                   541-278-3722

[Morrow County, Ore.] Umatilla National Forest officials have re-opened Bull Prairie Lake Campground and reduced the closure area associated with the Wilson Prairie Fire to provide access to National Forest lands not impacted by the wildfire or wildfire suppression efforts. A description of the updated closure area is at the bottom of the news release.

“We know Bull Prairie Lake Campground is an important area for our communities and visitors,” said Brandon Houck, Heppner District Ranger. “Suppression efforts have held the fire within its current footprint and we feel we can thoughtfully make some adjustments to the closures while keeping firefighters and the public safe.”

The Wilson Prairie Fire is currently 405 acres and 75% contained. A local Type 4 organization took command of the fire today at 6 a.m. Firefighters are continuing mop up within the fire perimeter and completing suppression repair activities, including water barring (an angled trench, to direct water off the fireline to prevent erosion), removal of hose, and removal of trash from the fire line.  Firefighters also continue to make repairs to OHV trails impacted by fire line.

The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park, restaurant, and campground remains open, however some OHV trails may be impacted by the fire activity.  Please observe all trail and area closures.

The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery.  Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions. Please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.

·        Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
·        Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest is in effect.  For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visit www.bmidc.org.

A map and detailed description of the reduced area closure is available at all Umatilla National Forest offices as well as on the Umatilla National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.  

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Area Closure Description:
Starting at Forest Service Road (FSR) 2000350 at its junction with the Forest Trail 2000320 east to its junction with FSR 2039000, then east on FSR 2039000 to Forest Boundary at T7S, R26 Section 6, then following the Forest Boundary north then west to Forest Trail 2000320, then follow Forest Trail 2000320 south to FSR Road 2000350.

Additionally, the following roads are closed:
       National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039000 - From the Junction of NFSR 2000350 easterly to Morrow County Road Wilson Creek Road 732 – 2.5 miles. 
       National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2000350 - From the Junction of Highway 207, easterly to National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039000 – 4.6 miles . 
       National Forest Trail (NFT) 2000320 - From the Junction of National Forest System  Road 2003500, north to National Forest Boundary  – 0.6 miles

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Wilson Prairie Fire Update July 31, 2018


Wilson Prairie Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
July 31, 2018 - 9:00 A.M.

This will be the last update from the Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (NWIIMT8). This will be the last on the Wilson Prairie Fire unless conditions change.  The local units will provide any updated information. NWIIMT8 would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the community, cooperators, agency staff, and firefighters for the unwavering support during our management of the Wilson Prairie Fire. 

The transfer of management of the Wilson Prairie Fire is in progress. A Type 4 incident commander (IC), Kristen Marshall, will arrive today to shadow the existing operations.  The proposed schedule is to turn over command of the Wilson Prairie Fire to IC Marshall and her organization on Wednesday morning at 6:00 am. 

Smoke from other fires remains in the local area.  Those with sensitivity concerns should take appropriate precautions.  For more information on air quality please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/AQ/Pages/index.aspx 
http://www.airnow.gov/

The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park, restaurant, and campground remains open, however some OHV trails may be impacted by the fire activity.  Please observe all trail and area closures.

Current Fire Information: Suppression efforts continue to hold the fire within its current footprint.  Mop up progressed with special attention being paid to the Porter Creek area and the green interior islands of unburned fuel, which still contain hot spots and smoldering behavior.  Suppression repair activities continue, which includes water barring (an angled trench, to direct water off the fireline to prevent erosion), removal of hose, and removal of trash from the fire line.  Repairs to OHV trails impacted by fire line construction continue.  The entire firefighter operation briefing may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc-6fmeR3as

Acreage: 405, this will be the final reported acreage.
Containment: 75%
Fire Information Center:  Public Line 844-695-6542. Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Beginning Wednesday please contact: Christie Shaw – ODF – at 541-263-0661 or Darcy Weseman – Umatilla National Forest at 541-215-2224.

Information Websites: Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028
               ODF Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon/

Resources:  Total personnel assigned – 422:  3-type 2 IA hand crews, 10-type 2 hand crews, 2-camp crews, 1- light helicopter, 6-engines, 1-dozers, 8-water tenders, 1- ambulance, 3-skidgens, and 103 overhead. Right sizing of the fire suppression resources continues with demobilization of resources in response to operational needs.
Air Operations:  The current temporary flight restriction in place over the fire area will be lifted at 8:00 pm today.
Weather:  Today will be partly cloudy with smoke haze settled into the area.  A Heat Advisory and Fire Weather Watch are both in effect for the area today.  Thunderstorms are predicted starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the night.  If thunderstorms develop, gusts of 40 mph winds are possible.  Max temperatures of 96 degrees with relative humidity to 12%.  Winds will be mostly upslope at 6 - 8 mph switching to the northwest 12-16 mph with gusts to 20 mph.   
Closures: The Umatilla National Forest implemented an area closure; including trails and roads within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area.  A map and detailed description of the area closure is available on the Umatilla National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umatilla/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5286768 and on Inciweb.  Forest Service personnel will be located near the campground to assist recreational visitors with alternative locations to camp.  This closure will be evaluated daily for need as a safety precaution to firefighters and the public.  With the transition of management to a Type 4 incident, agency officials will be looking closely at removing the closure as soon as possible. 
The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery.  Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
  • Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
  • Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest are in effect.   For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visitwww.bmidc.org

Monday, July 30, 2018

Wilson Prairie Fire Update July 30, 2018


Wilson Prairie Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
July 30, 2018 - 9:00 A.M.

Special Announcements:
A Community Meeting is planned for this evening, July 30th at 5:00 pm at the Heppner Ranger Station at 117 South Main Street.  Fire managers will provide a fire update with maps and an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the presentations. If you are unable to attend, this meeting will be live streamed through Periscope.  Please download the app, create an account and “follow” NWIMT8.  Once the broadcast begins you will receive a notification. 

Smoke from fires in the region has drifted into the local area.  Those with sensitivity concerns should take appropriate precautions.  For more information on air quality please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/AQ/Pages/index.aspx 
http://www.airnow.gov/

One update will be generated and posted in the morning from the Wilson Prairie Fire.

The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park, restaurant, and campground is currently open, however some OHV trails may be impacted by the fire activity.  Please observe all trail and area closures.
Current Fire Information: Suppression efforts were able to hold the fire within its current footprint despite being tested by increased wind activity. Mop up has progressed, advancing into the interior 200 feet on large areas of the fire.  Small interior islands of unburned fuels continue to be isolated with focused mop up around the perimeter.  Suppression repair activities continue, which includes water barring (an angled trench, to direct water off the fireline to prevent erosion), removal of hose, and removal of trash from the fire line.  Repairs to OHV trails impacted by fireline construction have begun.  The entire firefighter operation briefing may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LuSxGz6pDE

Acreage: 437
Containment: 60%
Fire Information Center:  Public Line 844-695-6542. Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Information Websites: Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028
Resources:  Total personnel assigned – 422:  3-type 2 IA hand crews, 10-type 2 hand crews, 2-camp crews, 1- light helicopter, 9-engines, 2-dozers, 10-water tenders, 1- ambulance, 2–faller modules, 3-skidgens,

                                                                                    ~more~
and 103 overhead. Right sizing of the fire suppression resources continues with demobilization of resources in response to operational needs.
Air Operations:  A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area restricting aircraft access.  Please check the NOTAMs prior to flying. The public is reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.
Weather:  Smoke has entered the area but should stay in the upper elevations.  Today will be sunny with max temperatures of 98 degrees with relative humidity to 9%.  Winds will be mostly upslope at 6 - 8 mph switching to the northwest 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph. After 6:00 pm, wind will increase to 8-12 mph with gusts to 18 mph.   
Closures: The Umatilla National Forest implemented an area closure; including trails and roads within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area.  A map and detailed description of the area closure is available on the Umatilla National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umatilla/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5286768 and on Inciweb.  This Closure will be evaluated daily for need as a safety precaution to firefighters and the public.  Forest Service personnel will be located near the campground to assist recreational visitors with alternative locations to camp.
The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery.  Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
  • Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
  • Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest are in effect.   For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visitwww.bmidc.org

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Community Meeting at USFS Office in Heppner OR

A community meeting is planned for July 30, 2018, 5:00 pm at the Heppner Ranger District office, Heppner, Oregon.

Fire officials will provide:
Current and future Wilson Prairie Fire situation.
Update on the regional and national fire outlook; and
Question and answer period will follow. 

Please join us.

Wilson Prairie Fire Update 7-29


Wilson Prairie Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
July 29, 2018 - 9:00 A.M.


Starting today only one update will be generated and posted in the morning from the Wilson Prairie Fire.

The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle Park and Campground is currently open, however some trails may be impacted by the fire activity.  Please observe all trail and area closures.

Current Fire Information: Firefighters completed containment lines around all perimeters of the fire. Hose lays have been installed completely around the fire perimeter and mop up has begun.  Mop up has progressed, advancing into the interior 200 feet.  Small interior islands of unburned fuels have been isolated with focused mop up around the perimeter.  Suppression rehabilitation and repair activities will begin today, which could include water barring, leveling of berms and removal of trash from the fire line. The entire firefighter operation briefing may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxBLXbrnAPw

Acreage: 437
Containment: 50%
Fire Information Center:  Public Line 844-695-6542. Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Information Websites: Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028

Resources:  Total personnel assigned – 430:  3-type 2 IA hand crews, 10-type 2 hand crews, 2-camp crews, 1- medium helicopters, 1- light helicopter, 9-engines, 3-dozers, 10-water tenders, 2–faller modules, 4-skidgens, and 103 overhead. Right sizing of the fire suppression resources has begun with demobilization of crews and equipment in order to adjust resources in response to operational needs.

Air Operations:  A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area restricting aircraft access.  Please check the NOTAMs prior to flying. The public is reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.
For information on air quality please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/AQ/Pages/index.aspx  

Weather:  Today will be sunny with max temperatures of 95 degrees with relative humidity to 14%.  Winds will be light mostly upslope at 6 - 8 mph.
~~more~~
Closures: The Umatilla National Forest implemented an area closure including trails and roads within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area.  A map and detailed description of the area closure is available on the Umatilla National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umatilla/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5286768 and on Inciweb.  This Closure will be evaluated daily for need as a safety precaution to firefighters and the public.  Forest Service personnel will be located near the campground to assist recreational visitors with alternative locations to camp.

The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery.  Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
  • Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
  • Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest are in effect.   For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visitwww.bmidc.org

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Wilson Prairie Fire Evening Update July 28, 2018


Wilson Prairie Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
July 28, 2018 - 9:00 P.M.

Current Fire Information: Firefighters completed the containment line on the east perimeter of the fire in the Porter Creek area. Hose lays have been installed and mop up has begun.  Mop up has progressed in other areas of the fire, advancing into the interior 20-50 feet.  The small interior islands of unburned fuels have been isolated with focused mop up around the perimeters.

Acreage: 437
Containment: 50%
Fire Information Center:  NEW-Public Line 844-695-6542. Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.


Wilson Prairie Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
July 28, 2018 - 9:00 A.M.

Smoke from a large fire to the west has drifted into the local area.  Those with sensitivity concerns should take appropriate precautions.  For more information on air quality please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/AQ/Pages/index.aspx  

The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle Park and Campground is currently open, however some trails may be impacted by the fire activity.  Please observe all trail and area closures.

Current Fire Information: Significant progress has been made in the containment of the Wilson Prairie Fire.  Fire fighters have laid hose along the majority of the fire perimeter and are well into mopping up hot spots.  Mopping up includes searching for pockets of heat, digging out the heat source, and cooling with water.  An area of the fire in the Porter Creek area, along the east flank of the fire, has yet to be lined.  Fire managers have decided to secure the entire perimeter by constructing hand line in this area.  The entire firefighter operation briefing may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a-8NMOapOA

Acreage: 437; the footprint of the fire changed slightly with the burnout operations.

Containment: 40%

Fire Information Center:  NEW-Public Line 844-695-6542. Available 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Information Websites: Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028

Resources:  Total personnel assigned – 460:  4-type 2 IA hand crews, 11-type 2 hand crews, 2-camp crews, 2- medium helicopters, 1- light helicopter, 9-engines, 4-dozers, 11-water tenders, 2–faller modules, 4-skidgens, and 103 overhead. Additional resources have been ordered and continue to arrive.

Air Operations:  A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area restricting aerial public access.  Please check the NOTAMs prior to flying. The public is reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.

Weather:  Today will be sunny with max temperatures of 94 degrees with relative humidity to 18%.  Winds will be light mostly southeast at 3 - 7 mph decreasing to 3-7 mph by late morning.

Closures: The Umatilla National Forest implemented a Forest Closure including a large area, trail and road closure within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area.  A map and detailed description  of the area closure is available on the Umatilla National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umatilla/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5286768 and on Inciweb.  This Closure will be evaluated daily for need as a safety precaution to firefighters and the public.  Forest Service personnel will be located near the campground to assist recreational visitors with alternative locations to camp.

The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery.  Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
  • Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
  • Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest are in effect.   For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visitwww.bmidc.org

Friday, July 27, 2018


Wilson Prairie Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander: Doug Johnson
July 27, 2018 - 9:00 A.M.

Special Announcements:
A Community Meeting is planned for this evening, July 27th at 5:00 pm at the Heppner City Hall at 111 North Main Street.  Fire managers will provide a fire update with maps and an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the presentations. If you are unable to attend, this meeting will be live streamed through Periscope.  Please download the app, create an account and “follow” NWIMT8.  Once the broadcast begins you will receive a notification.  For assistance please call (541) 676-2100.

Smoke from a large fire to the west has drifted into the local area.  Those with sensitivity concerns should take appropriate precautions.  For more information on air quality please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DEQ/AQ/Pages/index.aspx  
          http://www.airnow.gov/

The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle Park and Campground is currently open, however some trails may be impacted by the fire activity.  Please observe all trail and area closures.

Current Fire Information: Firefighters made progress in completing the burnout operations planned for last evening.  The area blackened was located between the established dozer line of the east perimeter and along Forest Road (FR) 2039, the south perimeter.  Five spot fires were located over the firelines during operations.  The largest spot was 1/8 of an acre. The spots were quickly surrounded and extinguished.   Firefighters will be diligently gridding the area searching for additional spots south of the FR 2039.  Plans are to continue burning out fuels between the fire line and the main fire tonight along the south west corner to secure the entire fire perimeter.  In other locations of the fire, firefighters are locating and mopping up hot spots. The infra-red flight over the fire last night displayed very few heat signatures along the northern end of the fire.  Safety concerns to firefighters include snags, unburned fuels between the firefighters and the main fire, high temps, and driving.  The firefighter morning operational briefing may be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiRA9yXCf9E

Acreage: 437; the footprint of the fire changed slightly with the burnout operations.

Containment: 30%

Fire Information: Christie Shaw, Oregon Department of Forestry, 541-263-0661 or Darcy Weseman, Umatilla National Forest 541-278-3722  Available 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Information Websites: Inciwebhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028

Resources:  Total personnel assigned – 367:  3-type 2 IA hand crews, 11-type 2 hand crews, 2- medium helicopters, 1- light helicopter, 12-engines, 6-dozers, 7-water tenders, 2–faller modules, and 3-skidgens. Additional resources have been ordered and continue to arrive. 

Air Operations:  A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area restricting aerial public access.  Please check the NOTAMs prior to flying. The public is reminded all air operations are grounded any time a drone is sighted within the TFR, delaying fire suppression efforts. Flying within the TFR is prohibited and against the law.

Weather:  Today will be sunny with max temperatures of 92 degrees with relative humidity to 11%.  Winds will be west-northwest at 3 - 6 mph decreasing to 3-7 mph in the late afternoon.

Closures: The Umatilla National Forest implemented a Forest Closure including a large area, trail and road closure within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area.  A map and detailed description of the area closure is available at any Umatilla National Forest office and on Inciweb.  Forest Service personnel will be located near the campground to assist recreational visitors with alternative locations to camp.

Closure Description: Starting at State Highway 207 at its junction with the Forest Boundary in T7S, R25E, Section 3, South to Forest Service Road (FSR) 24, then follow FSR 24 east to its junction with FSR 23, then follow FSR 23 east to FSR 2128, then follow FSR 2128 north to the Forest Boundary at T7S, R26 Section 2, then following the Forest Boundary west to State Highway 207.

In addition, the following roads are closed:
  • National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039000 - From the Junction of Highway 207 easterly to Morrow County Road Wilson Creek Road 732 - 5.0 miles.
  • National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2000350 - From the Junction of Highway 207, easterly to National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039000 – 4.6 miles.
  • National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2307000 - From the Junction of National Forest System  Road 2300000,  northeasterly to Bull Prairie Campground National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2300000 – 8.5 miles
  • National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2307035 - From the Junction of National Forest System  Road 2307000, north to Bull Prairie Campground National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039030 – 0.8 miles.
 The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery.  Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
  • Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District.  Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.  
  • Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest are in effect.   For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visitwww.bmidc.org