Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lightning sparks 2 Large Fires in Baker County

Blue Mountain Fire Information
Oregon Department of Forestry
 Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Jamie Knight, ODF – (541)786-2039
Katy Gray, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest – (541)519-4623

Lightning sparks 2 Large Fires in Baker County
Baker City, OR – As a result of recent lightning activity, 2 large incidents have ignited across Baker County, with smoke and fire fighting aircraft visible from Baker City.

The larger of the two fires is the Cornet Fire, which is currently burning on private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and Vale BLM District approximately 7 miles east of Hereford, Oregon. The fire is currently 5,000 acres and with just over 100 personnel on scene. Additional resources are on order. Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (ORIMT4), with Incident Commander Brian Goff, will assume command of the fire on Wednesday evening, Aug 12th. ORIMT4 brings a wealth knowledge and skill to the table, with many of the team members coming from local, Northeast Oregon Interagency organizations.

The second incident is a small complex of 3 fires, the Eagle Complex, burning 10 miles east of Medical Springs, Oregon. The 3 fires are currently 120 acres, 40 acres and 10 acres in size and are burning on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. Resources on scene include 4 engines and two, 10 person hand crews as well as several aviation resources. Additional resources are on order. An Interagency Type 3 Management team will assume command of the fire on Wednesday, August 12th.

A level 1 notice has been sent to residents in the Stices Gulch and Black Mountain area associated with the Cornet Fire, and along Forest Service Road 77 near Tamarack Camp Ground, the Bennett Peak and Main Eagle areas associated with the Eagle Complex. A Level I notice means residents should be READY  to evacuate and continue to closely monitor local media and incident information. Questions regarding evacuation notices and the evacuation process can be direction to the Baker County Emergency Management at 541-523-8200.

Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at EXTREME and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect. Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon.  On the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest lands Public Use Restrictions are in effect, including campfire restrictions and use of chainsaws.
Vale BLM Unit is also managing several large fires in the Burnt River area; additional information can be found at:  http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/vale/fire/report-fire.php.

Additional information on the Cornet Fire and Eagle Complex can be found on the following sites:
Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center – www.bmidc.org
Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog – www.bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com
Cornet Fire on InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4478/
Wallowa Whitman National Forest –
-          Website: www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman
-          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WallowaWhitmanNF
-          Twitter: @WallowaWhitman 
Cornet Fire, 11 Aug 15 Photo by Trisha Price, NE Oregon ODF

Eagle Complex 11 Aug 15, Photo by Larry Aragon, USFS


No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.