Information regarding current wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Hosted by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center, Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District, Umatilla National Forest, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Eagle Complex Update 8/27/15
August 27, 2015
Incident Summary Start
11, 2015 Cause:
Lightning Location: 20
Miles NW of Richland, Oregon Size:
11,908 acres Containment:
7% Resources: 328
Crews, 14 Engines, 4 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
Type 1 Helicopters,1 Type 3 Helicopters
On Wednesday, air support from fixed
wing aircraft - including one 11,600 gallon retardant drop from a DC-10
VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) - totaled 30,000 gallons on the Eagle
Complex with an additional 2,000 gallons dropped using heavy
helicopters. The aerial resources assisted firefighters in securing
containment lines and cooling hot spots across the fire, primarily focusing on the East Eagle area where crews continued preparing lines
in preparation for a burnout running from the eastern most section of the
fire to the Little Eagle Creek. Crews were able to bring fire from the
southern edge of the fire to the east of Forest Service Road 7745, down
the hill to the road. Finally, structure protection measures remain in
place around the fire perimeter including near Footbridge, just north
of where the fire is continuing to back down the Boulder Creek and Two
Colors drainages toward Forest Service Road 7755.
On Thursday, winds are expected to remain out of the south-southwest
with gusts up to 20 mph. Indirect containment lines running east to
west from the eastern-most section of the fire to the Eagle Cap
Wilderness are expected to be completed today, and firefighters plan to burnout from the containment lines to secure the fire’s eastern edge as
conditions allow. Aerial resources will continue supporting
firefighters on the ground during the burnout operation. Crews remain
engaged in mop up efforts on Forest Service Road 77 to the junction of
the 7745 road to secure the southern edge of the fire, as well as continuing
mop-up around structures in the East Eagle Creek area.
Evacuations: The Baker
County Sheriff's Office maintains a LEVEL 3 evacuation notice to include where the intersection of the 7700 road turns to the Northeast
at the intersection of the 7700 and 7015 roads up the Long Creek
drainage to the wilderness.
The evacuation levels for the area south of the 7735 road, South of the
junction of the 7735 and 7700 road to McBride Campground and over to
Carson down to the forest boundary remain at LEVEL 2 (Get Set).
Evacuation levels for the Eagle Complex are available on the
interactive incident map (http://arcg.is/1I5DaJw).
Closures: There is an area closure in effect for the
Eagle Complex near Main Eagle, East Eagle, Tamarack Campground and Two
Color Campground. Please see the link to the Wallowa-Whitman National
Forest Website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/home).