Monday, June 9, 2014

6/9/14 10:00 am Central Oregon JIC Update

NOTE:  This will be a twice daily collaborative update, with all known information from all agencies involved in the Two Bulls Fire.

June 9, 2014 10:00am

Current Fire Information
Good progress was made both yesterday during the day and night with firefighters taking advantage of some calmer weather conditions. The priority of securing fireline around the eastern and southern portions of the fire was met and it is anticipated that hose lines will be put into place along that line by the end of today with some mop-up activities commencing there. Some of the available crews from the east flank divisions were reassigned to the western flank of the fire today to help in securing fireline on that portion. Structure protection task forces mobilized under the Oregon State Conflagration Act continue to work around the threatened structures and have contingency plans in place to help protect the watershed facilities if the fire jumps containment lines.

Dry weather conditions will continue to keep temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s and relative humidity dipping below 20%. The main concern for today will be hold the lines on the southern portion of the fire and out of the City of Bend’s watershed, as winds are forecasted to get gusty from the northwest at 10-18 mph in the afternoon as a weak upper level disturbance moves over the area.
·         6,800 acres consisting of heavy brush and timber
·         50 remaining under Level III Evacuation
·         No structures lost or damaged
·         No injuries
·         Cause under investigation
·         5% containment
·         11 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers, and 708 personnel assigned to the fire
·         Estimated costs to date- $1.23 million

Public Information Meeting
An informational meeting open to all public and media will be held Monday evening at 6:00 pm at Bend High School, located at 230 NE 6th St in Bend. Fire representatives will give a current and expected fire briefing and will be available to address questions and concerns.

Evacuation Information
Last night the Sheriff’s Office changed the evacuation notice of the Saddleback Subdivision/Johnson Road area from Level III to Level II.  THIS IS FOR RESIDENTS ONLY.  Proof of residency is required at the Sheriff’s Office Road Blocks.  Sheriff’s Office deputies will continue to patrol these areas. 

We highly recommend residents continue to avoid the area, however if they choose to return we recommend they leave their livestock where it is boarded.  If residents choose to return we are encouraging them to be very cautious as there will be firefighting equipment working in the area.  If fire conditions change residents should be prepared to leave immediately.

The Level II and Level I Evacuation notices ARE STILL IN EFFECT
·         The Level II notice is for residents in the area located south of Shevlin Park Road, west of Mt. Washington Drive, and north of Century Drive.

·         The Level I notice is for residents in the remainder of Northwest Crossing (east of Mt. Washington Drive), and the area that includes residents north of Shevlin Park and west of Mt. Washington Drive.

·         The Level III Evacuation Notice for Skyliners Road residents outside the City of Bend is the only Level III notice still in effect. 
Watershed Information
As of Monday, the Two Bulls Fire is not in the Bridge Creek watershed or jeopardizing the Outback facilities. The facilities are not in the path of the fire. The southern flank of the fire is strong right now.

Red Cross Information
The American Red Cross Cascades Region shelter location is the High Desert Middle School, located at 61111 27TH St. in Bend. People affected by the wildfire are welcome to visit the Red Cross shelter for information or a place to stay. Volunteers and staff are available to provide snacks, water, and access to health and disaster mental health services. Red Cross information can also be obtained by calling 541-382-2142.

The outbreak of the Two Bulls Fire west of Bend has caused some area residents to evacuate their homes. Today's conditions may require further evacuations. The American Red Cross offers these tips to be prepared for such activity.

- Back your car into the garage or driveway to leave on a moment’s notice
- Put an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle; be sure to include items such as prescription medications
- Confine pets to one room so that you can find them quickly if you need to leave
- Choose a route away from the fire but watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke
- Leave natural gas on, unless local officials advise otherwise
- Turn off propane gas service valves
- Listen to local radio or television and follow the instructions of local emergency officials

These tips, and other important wildfire safety information, are available on the Red Cross Wildfire App. The app is free and can be downloaded to iPhones and Android devices. For more information, visit

The Red Cross asks that people not bring in-kind donations of to the evacuation center and encourage them to donate financially to the Red Cross so needed supplies can be purchased.

Animals Care
A livestock shelter has been opened at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR.

Air Quality Information
Current Conditions
Smoke conditions at the moment are within unhealthy levels likely due to night time inversion levels.  Smoke impacts from previous night will continue to lift as temperatures and winds increase today. 

Weather Forecast Conditions

Action Recommendations
Drivers may experience smoke impacts on nearby roads.  If smoke drifts onto roads, motorists should slow down, turn on headlights, and proceed with care.  Due to the Two Bulls wildfire, smoky conditions are expected to persist throughout Deschutes County for an indefinite amount of time.  Deschutes County Health Services will continue to communicate to the public the health impact of wildfire smoke inhalation on an ongoing basis until the fires reside. 

WHO IS AT HIGHER RISK FROM WILDFIRE SMOKE? People with chronic lung or heart conditions, the elderly, children, and pregnant women have a higher risk of health problems from breathing dense wildfire smoke.  People in these risk groups should minimize the impacts of wildfire smoke when it appears or smells the strongest or when DEQ indicates “unhealthy” air conditions by:
·                     Staying Indoors
·                     Avoiding outdoor activities until air quality improves
·                     Closing windows and doors, and
·                     Using air conditioners and filters.
Those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions should follow their breathing management plans; keep medications on hand, and contact healthcare providers if necessary.

Area Closure Order
Order Number 06-01-01-14-001


Pursuant to 16 USC, Title 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), the following special restrictions and prohibitions are established on Forest Roads, trails, and within the boundary lines of the Two Bulls Fire Area on the Deschutes National Forest, Bend Ft. Rock and Sisters Ranger Districts, where signed on the ground  and as shown on the attached map and described in the map legend, hereby incorporated into this order as attachment A.

Closed Forest Service System Roads:

      Forest Road 370 North of Todd Lake
      Forest Road 1628
•     Forest Roads 590, 605, 480, 113, 110, 377, 900, 1620
      Forest Road 1612
      Forest Road 4606
      Forest Road 4601 West of Tumalo Creek.
It is prohibited to go into or be upon any of the above described lands which are closed for the protection of public health and safety, including all National Forest System roads and trails therein. 36 CFR § 261.53(e) Being on a forest system road.  36 CFR § 261.54(e)

This restriction is in addition to those prohibitions enumerated in Subpart A of 36CFR§261 and any other special restrictions pertaining to the described lands.

Pursuant to 36 CFR§261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:

1.      Personnel with written authorization by a Forest Officer, which specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. The issuing Officer may include such conditions as are considered necessary for the protection of the area, or for the promotion of the health, safety, or welfare of its users.
2.      Any Federal, State, or local Officer or volunteer in the performance of an official duty.
3.      Persons under a special use authorization that allows the otherwise prohibited action, and approved contractors and their agents directly engaged in approved work outlined in an operating plan or permit.
4.      Persons or their invitees who live or own property within the closure area, and permitees who have a legitimate need to access their permitted allotment, escorted or approved by IMT.

This closure is enacted due to firefighting activities taking place within the closure area, and for the protection of public and employee safety. This order becomes effective at 'J 2:00PM, June 08, 2014, and w ill remain in force until rescinded.

Fire Management
The fire is being managed under a unified command of Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander, Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (Incident Commander, John Ingrao).

Cooperators working the incidents include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, US Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bend, American Red Cross, Bend-La Pine School District, and Cascade Timberlands LLC.

Interested media should report to the Incident Command Post located in the field across from 63685 Johnson Road. Public Information Officers will be available for interviews; media is required to check in with Information immediately upon arrival. Media tours for credentialed media will be at 10 am and 3 pm.

Sites for Fire Information

Information Phone at Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center: 541-416-6811
Note: The info line number is expected to change today, please monitor social media for this update.

Information Phone at Joint Information Center: 541-550-4888
Note: This is for interagency information related to the fire

Sheriff’s Emergency Information phone :541-550-4850
Note: This is a recorded line

TWITTER: @twobullsfire, @desnatlforest, @deschutescounty, @OchocoNatForest, @CentralORFire


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