Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Central Oregon Fire Management Evening Update - August 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2017
Contact: (541) 316-7711

COIDC Evening Update, August 15

Redmond, OR – The Central Oregon Dispatch Center received two new smoke reports today, resulting in one fire that was contained at a half acre. An incident management team has arrived from the southwest to assist with the management of several of the fires in the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, as well as manage any new fire starts that may occur over the next several weeks due to drying conditions and increased visitation from the solar eclipse.

Dry conditions under a west to northwest flow will continue into the upcoming weekend. Breezy to local windy conditions with low relative humidity will be likely Wednesday.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is now 260 acres and 2% contained. There are 176 personnel assigned to the fire including six IA crews, three smaller (5-person) crews, four dozers, four masticators, and variety of overhead and support equipment. This fire is currently eight miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake.

Winds continued to push the fire east today, coming out of the wilderness and beginning to approach areas where fire operators can conduct direct suppression strategies to contain the fire. Minimum impact suppression strategies (MIST) are still being employed by crews operating within the Three Sisters Wilderness. Due to the fire burning partially in the fire scar of the 2006 Black Crater Fire, all crews on the ground are using extreme caution in areas with dead, standing timber.

Three Sisters Wilderness closure area includes the following: The Willamette National Forest has closed all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open. Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.
• Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
• Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.

There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area and can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_1668.html

Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, the Whychus Fire is currently 2030 acres and 90% contained. Another day of no fire growth allowed for crews to continue mopping up. There are 65 personnel working on this fire including two engines, three crews, and three dozers.

Belknap Fire – Located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, the Belknap Fire is estimated at 123 acres and 5% contained. Active fire behavior was observed today on the interior of the fire area. Aerial resources worked extensively over the past several operational periods and were able to apply a retardant line around the entire fire perimeter.

A trail closure has been put in place by the Ochoco National Forest for trails within the Mill Creek Wilderness. The following trails are now closed to the public for one month, beginning August 14th, from today or until rescinded: Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

There is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place over the fire area and can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_9749.html

North Pole Fire – Located northeast of Shaniko, the North Pole Fire is burning on private land and Bureau of Land Management. Currently, the North Pole Fire is 5075 acres and 0% contained. Five engines are currently assigned to the fire.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.

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Belknap Fire - August 15

The Belknap fire is burning in a pocket of green timber next to the 2000 Hash Rock fire scar within Mill Creek Wilderness, about 15 miles northeast of Prineville.

 


 

 

 

Central Oregon Fire Management Morning Update, August 15

COIDC Morning Update
August 15


Milli Fire in the Three Sisters Wilderness





Redmond, OR – No new smoke reports have come into the Central Oregon Dispatch this morning, although with clear skies and continued drying conditions, crews are ready to respond to any new reports that come in.

Milli Fire – Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, the Milli Fire is estimated at 150 acres and 2% contained. There are currently 141 personnel on the fire including three type 2 crews, 5 IA crews, 3 dozers, 2 masticators, and a variety of overhead resources. The Milli Fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. Moderate fire activity was observed yesterday and is expected again today with continued fire spread to the east and northeast. Yesterday, crews worked to establish containment line in the wilderness using minimum impact suppression tactics and outside the wilderness, equipment was utilized to improve Forest Service roads and create new containment lines in anticipation of fire growth outside of the wilderness to the east. Today, direct and indirect suppression tactics will be utilized, while continuing Forest Service road improvement and fire line construction outside of the wilderness boundary. The fire is partially burning in an old fire scar with significant stands of dead timber caused by the 2006 Black Crater Fire.

The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests have implemented a closure order for a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness beginning today. The Willamette National Forest will close all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open. Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.

•Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
•Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.


Whychus Fire – Located about eight miles northeast of Sisters, is currently 2030 acres and 90% contained.

Belknap Fire – Located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, the Belknap Fire is estimated at 120 acres and 0% contained. Aerial resources, smokejumpers, and hand crews will continue working on direct suppression of this fire today. Crews are taking extra precaution from entering the area due to significant hazard trees from previous fires. A trail closure has been put in place by the Ochoco National Forest for trails within the Mill Creek Wilderness. All hiking trails within Mill Creek Wilderness are temporarily closed to the public as fire crews work to suppress this fire. The following trails are now closed to the public for one month, beginning August 14th, from today or until rescinded: Twin Pillars Trail #832; Wildcat Trail #833; and Belknap Trail #833A.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire

For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

New Closures Issued for Large Portion of Three Sisters Wilderness Area


Springfield, Ore – The Willamette and Deschutes National Forests are implementing an area closure that will cover a large portion of the Three Sisters Wilderness beginning August 15, 2017.

 On Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., the Willamette National Forest will close all trails south of Highway 242 into the Three Sisters Wilderness on the Willamette National Forest with the exception of Proxy Falls, which remains open.   Also closed is the Obsidian Trailhead and Obsidian Limited Entry Area.

The area closure also includes Deschutes National Forest managed lands within the Three Sisters Wilderness that are threatened by fire activity. The northern closure area border includes trails south of Highway 242 and west of Forest Road 1018 and east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Boundary on the Willamette National Forest down to approximately Scott’s Pass Trail, which is also included in the closure. In addition, the closure area contains trails north of Cascade Lakes Highway, west of the South Sisters Climber Trail and includes all of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Elk Lake north to the PCT Trailhead near Lava Camp Lake Campground.

While the closure includes all trails east of the PCT from Elk Lake to the South Sisters Climber Trail, the South Sisters Climber Trail and Elk Lake Trail remain open. Popular areas like Wickiup Plains and Sisters Mirror Lake are closed.
  • Recreationists should be aware of these additional trail closures: Black Crater Trail #4058, Millican Crater Trail #4066, Scott Pass Trail #4068, North Matthieu Lake Trail #4062, Trout Creek Tie Trail #4067, Millican Crater Trailhead, Scott Pass Trailhead, A portion of the Green Lakes Trail #17 is closed from Pole Creek Trail #4072 to Scott Pass Trail #4068, Moraine Lake Trail from South Sister Climber Trail to Leconte Crater Trail, Leconte Crater Trail, Devils Lake Trail, Mirror Lakes Trail, Elk-Devils Trail, and Horse Lake Trail.
    • Green Lakes Trail #17 from the Cascade Lakes Highway to the Pole Creek Trail #4072 is OPEN.  


Forests in the higher elevations are very dry and firefighters in the region are responding to numerous fires ignited by recent lightning storms. As hot, dry and windy conditions persist, fire managers anticipate that more undetected lightning fires will surface in the coming days and weeks. This area closure has been put in place for the safety of the public recreating in the area while firefighters work to suppress the fires in the Wilderness. The order will be in place until rescinded.

 The public is urged to use caution in the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness areas as there are now two large area closures in effect for active wildfires and firefighters continue to respond to new starts around the Cascade Crest. As always, if you are planning to visit the National Forest, it is a good idea to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO by contacting 541-225-6350 for Willamette Fire Information or calling 541-316-7711 for Central Oregon Fire Information.  For Pacific Crest Trail information, visit: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/
For additional information visit us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deschutesnationalforest/,  https://www.facebook.com/willamettenf/) or on Twitter (@DesNatlForest, @willametteNF ) call 541-225-6350 or visit our webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices


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COIDC Evening Update, August 14


COIDC Evening Update, August 14




Redmond, OR – The Central Oregon Dispatch Center received several reports of smoke today, but only one new fire that is currently three quarters of an acre burning approximately 4.5 miles northeast of Crane Prairie.


The Milli Fire, in the Three Sisters Wilderness, is now 150 acres and 2% contained. The acreage decreased from this morning due to better mapping. This fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. There was moderate fire behavior today while crews used minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST tactics) within the wilderness. Outside the wilderness, equipment is being utilized to construct contingency lines and improve forest service roads in anticipation of fire growth to the east. For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/.  The following areas are temporarily closed for public safety:


  • Forest Road 1018 is closed from Highway 242 to Forest Road 15.
  • Forest Road 1520 is closed from Forest Road 1018 to Forest Road 15. 
  • The Millican Crater Trailheads located at Lava Camp Lake and Forest Road 1024 are closed. 
  • The Scott Pass Trailhead located on Forest Road 1026 is closed.  Black Crater Trailhead located off Highway 242 is closed. 
  • Whispering Pine campground located at the junction of Forest Road 1018 and 1520 is closed.


The Whychus Fire, about 8 miles northeast of Sisters is currently 2030 acres and 80% contained. While there was no fire growth today, resources on the fire observed interior burning and continued mopping up.



The Belknap Fire, located in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest, is currently 120 acres and 0% contained. Three handcrews are arriving on the fire today to assist the smokejumpers and other resources on the fire.




For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire


For the Central Oregon Fire Information hotline, please call 541-316-7711.




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Mill Creek Wilderness trail closures due to Belknap fire


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 14, 2017
Mill Creek Wilderness trails closed during wildfire suppression
PRINEVILLE, Ore. – The Ochoco National Forest has temporarily closed all hiking trails within Mill Creek Wilderness to the public as fire crews work to suppress the lightning-caused Belknap fire.
The fire was first reported at 11:30 am Friday, August 11 after a weather system moved through the area with abundant lightning activity.
The fire is actively burning in a mixture of dead and live trees on steep slopes just outside of the 2000 Hash Rock fire scar. The current size is estimated at 60 acres.
“This is a full suppression fire; however, we are developing a strategy to engage the fire in a safe manner due to the abundance of snags in the area,” said District Ranger Slater Turner. “We are taking suppression actions where we can implement them in a safe manner.”
Heavy airtankers worked the fire this weekend making retardant drops to moderate fire behavior before firefighters entered the area on the ground. On Sunday, seven smokejumpers parachuted into the fire and remain there working to create helispots and developing a plan to implement suppression tactics.
The following trails are now closed to the public for one month from today or until rescinded:
Twin Pillars Trail #832
Wildcat Trail #833
Belknap Trail #833A

The National Forest appreciates public tolerance of these temporary inconveniences during solar eclipse visitation.

 Smoke from the Belknap Fire

COIDC Morning Update - August 14

Central Oregon Fire Management Morning Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    
Contact: (541) 316-7711                                

COIDC MORNING Update, August 14
 


Redmond, OR – Resources are responding to a couple new reports of fires this morning. The weather pattern is returning to typical for this time of year, with clear and dry conditions across the area.
 
The Whychus Fire is currently 2030 acres and 80% contained, showing a slight increase in acres due to better mapping.
 
The Milli Fire, in the Three Sisters Wilderness is now estimated at 200 acres and 0% contained. This fire is currently 8 miles west of Sisters and about one and a half miles southwest of Black Crater Lake. The Millie Fire received a load of seven rappellers yesterday who will work to secure the heel of the fire into the Black Crater Lake fire scar. Other resources assigned to the Milli Fire include a 15 person hand crew, 4 dozers, and 2 excavators.
 
For up-to-date information on closures on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and trail reroute options, visit https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/trail-conditions-and-closures/. The following areas are temporarily closed for public safety:
  • Forest Road 1018 is closed from Highway 242 to Forest Road 15.
  • Forest Road 1520 is closed from Forest Road 1018 to Forest Road 15.
  • The Millican Crater Trailheads located at Lava Camp Lake and Forest Road 1024 are closed.
  • The Scott Pass Trailhead located on Forest Road 1026 is closed. Black Crater Trailhead located off Highway 242 is closed.
  • Whispering Pine campground located at the junction of Forest Road 1018 and 1520 is closed.
The Belknap fire in the Mill Creek Wilderness on the Ochoco National Forest is estimated at 60 acres and 0% contained. Aerial resources and the smokejumpers will continue working on direct suppression of this fire today.

For more information, follow us at http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at @CentralORFire
 For Central Oregon Fire Information Fire hotline, please call 541-316-7711 or keep up-to-date on fire activity by following us on Twitter at @CentralORFire.


 


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