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.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Phillips Creek Fire Update August 11, 2015
Phillips Creek Fire Update Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. Fire Information: (541) 437-1159
Oregon Interagency Incident
Management Team 2 will transition command of the Phillips Creek Fire to a Type
3 Incident Management Team led by Joel McCraw, Incident Commander, at 6:00 am
tomorrow.The incident command post will
remain at the Elgin Stampede Grounds in Elgin. Some resources will be released
from the fire today as containment objectives are successfully achieved.
Fire officials and firefighters
wish to thank the communities of the Grande Ronde valley for their tremendous
support and cooperation.
Operations: The fire lines were tested as thunderstorms
passed over the area producing wind gusts of 40 mph, but the fire remained
within established containment lines.Firefighters
also successfully burned out a small portion of unburned fuel on the northwestern
flank.Crews were mopping up on all
other edges of the fire.Helicopters
assigned to the Phillips Creek Fire were used to assist in the initial attack
on over 30 new starts in the area due to lightning storms passing through the
region the previous evening.
Weather and Fire Behavior:A Red Flag Warning for the threat
of thunderstorms has been issued by the National Weather Service across
northeastern Oregon for today.Temperatures are expected to be in the upper
80’s, with south to southeast winds of 6 to 9 mph and gusts to 16 mph this
afternoon, providing the potential for active fire behavior today. Smoke will
continue to be visible, as fuel within the fire lines continues to burn.
Today’s Operations: Mop-up will continue along the
perimeter of all portions of the Phillips Creek fire, extinguishing hot spots
along the edge of the fire line.Firefighters are working to completely mop-up and extinguish all smokes within
spot fires that occurred outside the fire line in previous days.
Because of firefighting operations,
delays can be expected on Highway 204 again today with a pilot car escorting
vehicles between MP 32 and 36.For up to
date information on highway conditions, go to www.tripcheck.com.
Road closures for public and
firefighter safety include:
· Forest Road 3738 (Phillips
Creek Road) from its junction with Forest Road 3100 (Summit Road) to State Highway 204.
· Forest Road 3148 from its
junction with Forest Road 3100 (Summit Road) to its end.
· Forest Roads 3148-010 and
3148-900 from their junction with Forest Road 3148 to their end.
· Forest Road 3740 from its
junction with Forest Road 3738 to the forest boundary.
· Forest Roads 3740-020,
3740-025, 3740-030, 3740-040, and 3740-05.
· Forest Road 3734 from its
junction with State Highway 204 to its end.
· Forest Road 3200 from its
junction with Forest Road 3100 (Summit Road) to the forest boundary.
· Forest Road 3217 from its
junction with Forest Road 3200 to its end.
· Forest Road 3100-035.
State Highway 204 remains open at this time
though travelers will find firefighter traffic and smoke along approximately a
two mile section of the highway .
To monitor the air quality index and the impact
of smoke in the air, visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s
website at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi.
The fire danger rating has increased to EXTREME
and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect.
For more information about the Umatilla National Forest’s Public Use
Restrictions, please contact any Umatilla National Forest office, call the
Forest Information hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit the website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla.Fire information is also posted on the Blue
Mountain Fire Information BlogSpot at http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/.
closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon
Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon. Please check with
your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on
lands protected by ODF. Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage
at: www.bmidc.org or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry
office for more complete information. Similar restrictions may be in effect on
State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural
Resources (WA-DNR). More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx.