Monday, June 13, 2016

Akawana Fire Update - June 13



Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4772

Akawana Fire Update
June 13, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Note: This will be the final update from this team.
Sisters, OR –  Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Link Smith, will hand the fire over to a smaller type 3 organization tomorrow. The Team would like to thank the Sisters, Three Rivers and Grandview communities for their kind hospitality and support during our stay.

The size of the fire remains 2,094 acres and is now 80 percent contained.

While fire crews have reached at least 300 feet into the fire from the perimeter with mop up operations, residents may see smoke for several days from burning stumps and snags well within containment lines.

The Type 3 Team in place for the next few days is made up of about 140 firefighters and support staff. Equipment assigned to the fire with this team will include three engines, four tenders, two bull dozers, three skidgines and one helicopter. The fire camp will be moved to Oregon Department of Forestry’s Sisters sub-unit office.

Now that the smoke has cleared over the Akawana Fire, residents should continue to treat fire season with respect. Everyone is encouraged to follow current fire season restrictions to prevent human caused fires.

In addition, residents who live in the wildland urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire threatens communities. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at www.wildlandfirersg.org/. 

To stay up to date on fire information in central Oregon, please follow Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District on Facebook. Other valuable resources include www.inciweb.nwcg.gov, www.oregon.gov/odf, www.keeporegongreen.org and www.airnow.gov.

The incident management team would also like to recognize and thank all cooperating agencies that assisted us in the complete and coordinated fire protection system on this fire. Agencies and partners included the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and responding structural task forces from around the state, Lake Chinook Fire District, the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, Crooked River National Grasslands, PGE/Warms Springs Tribes Land Ownership, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.

Sunday, June 12, 2016



Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Information: www.facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4772
Akawana Fire Update
June 12, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Sisters, OR –  All evacuation notices for the Akawana Fire will officially be lifted at 10:00 a.m. today. Residents not only effected by this fire, but throughout Oregon, are encouraged to treat fire season as if they are under a level 1 evacuation notice by being ready and prepared in the event a fire impacts their community. Residents can get ready by assembling emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place, planning escape routes and ensuring all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Learn more by visiting www.wildfires.org.
The fire has burned 2,094 acres and is currently 72 percent contained. Total firefighting costs at this point are about $2.3 million.
Firefighters anticipate another favorable day of weather for mop up operations into the fire’s interior. Stronger winds are expected to return to the area tomorrow, which will serve as a mild test for the fire staying within its current footprint. Crews working on this fire are also available to help local resources, should any new fires occur within the area.
Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.     

For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Akawana Fire Update - June 11, 2016



Akawana Fire Update
June 11, 2016 7:30 a.m.


Sisters, OR Fire crews were very successful yesterday and overnight thanks to hard work, cool temperatures and higher humidity. All level 2 evacuation notifications have now been lowered to level 1 (be ready). This includes homes in the 3 Rivers subdivision (as of June 9th), Forest Park, Air Park, Rim Park and their outlying areas (as of yesterday). Gusty afternoon winds spurred one spot fire across containment lines in the southeast corner of the fire that crews, equipment and helicopters quickly attacked and extinguished. Infrared imaging taken overnight shows a solid decrease in heat near the fire’s perimeter.

The fire has burned 2,094 acres and has line completely around it. It is currently 60 percent contained. Total firefighting costs are close to $1.8 million.

Firefighters anticipate favorable weather today as they focus their efforts on mop up operations into the fire’s interior. While some heavy equipment and air resources are being released, additional crews are being brought in to do the more labor intensive dirty work of digging out hot spots from beneath stumps and soaking larger fuels on the ground. Crews working on this fire are also available to help local resources, should any new fires occur within the area.

To date, just one minor hand injury has occurred.

Structural task forces working under the Conflagration Act have been released to return to their home areas. The threat to structures has decreased significantly and conditions continue to improve. OSFM’s Green IMT will remain on the incident through this morning to help ensure a smooth transition.
Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.     

For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Akawana Fire Update, June 9, 2pm

The fire is looking favorable as we enter the witching hour and increased afternoon winds. There has been substantial cloud cover and a trace of precipitation over the fire in the last few hours. A southwest wind has been testing the north-northeast corner of the fire, where a concerted effort with dozers and hand crews have focused their efforts. Fire behavior has been described as creeping, but still pushing. We will have more information later this evening after our night shift briefing around 7pm

Tom Fields
PIO

ODF Team 3

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Central Oregon Lightning Maps, June 8

These two maps represent lightning strikes (in blue) in the past 72 hours (as of 12pm, June 8, 2016)



Update on Akawana Fire, June 8, 2016 - 12pm

UPDATE:
News Release
Oregon Department of Forestry Central District Office
News Contact: Erik Pronold
Cell#: 541-588-2232

FOR IMMDEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday June 8, 2016

Akawana Fire Triggers Level 2 Evacuation Notice for Three Rivers
Sisters, OR – Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon District is responding to a several hundred acre fire on Akawa Butte 13 miles north of Sisters.  The Three Rivers Subdivision is on a level 2 evacuation notice.  Level 2 indicates that residents should be set for a potential evacuation.  Residents must be prepared to leave at a moments notice.

The lightning caused fire was reported on Tuesday June 7th at 1400 hours.  The 5% contained fire is currently burning on private forest land.  Heavy dead and down fuel along with 15 to 20 mile per hour winds are causing torching and spotting of the fire.  The winds have been picking up as the day has progressed.  Two fire suppression handcrews, three fire engines, and three bulldozers are working aggressively on direct fire line with the aid of a variety of aerial support helicopters and planes.