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.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Grizzly Bear Complex Update 8/25/15 8:00 p.m.
Firefighters are doing a great job at
the Grizzly Bear Complex,
continue to improve containment lines, and take on new fires
Elgin, Ore. – Firefighters were praised today by
administrators from the Umatilla National Forest for the great job they have
done holding the 60,272- acre Grizzly Bear Complex Fire in place. They are also
pleased with the willingness to aid in initial attack of new fire starts and
prepare and improve fire lines at such a rigorous pace. The fire is now five
Today, firefighters contained the new 7-acre Green Ridge Fire burning near
the Little Turkey Tail that started yesterday, while helicopters dropped water
on the 100-acre Bear Ridge Fire east of Oregon Butte. Both fires are north of
the main fire in Washington State. Contingency lines away from the northern
perimeter of the fire are being scouted and will tie into existing
fuel-reduction project areas and fire lines to the east of the Complex.
Efforts to contain the fire at the south and east perimeter have paid
off as firefighters are now mopping up in Grouse Flats and along prepared lines
in the rugged and steep slopes along the Grande Ronde River. Fire managers
report that the containment lines there look the best they have in days. More
than 14 miles of fire line has been constructed around the fire.
The fire has been pushing to the west in the Wenaha drainage. The emphasis for
the next two days will be to complete the fire lines along the entire south and
Incident managers are looking forward to cooler weather predicted for
this weekend when wetting rains and higher humidity levels are expected to
prevail throughout the Pacific Northwest well into next week. The cold front,
expected to arrive Thursday night, may also heighten the lightning activity
level. Firefighters are preparing for initial attack of new fire starts.
Evacuation levels will remain the same until fire weather conditions
allow for a change. The fire perimeter will require mop up inside containment
lines and the mop up standards will vary depending on surrounding fuels and
distance from structures.
One hundred twenty five National Guard personnel who will help with the
mop-up activities will arrive on Sunday. The soldiers will be stationed at a
base camp east of the fire near Flora or at Troy, Ore.
donations of food to firefighters is discouraged because diets required for
rigorous work requires a large number of calories from high-protein foods and
carbohydrates as well as vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and
fruits. These foods and other
necessities are provided by the incident.
Firefighters appreciate donated, stamped postcards from the area that
can be sent home to families. Charitable donations may be made to the Wildland
Firefighter Foundation or the Red Cross.