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.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Dry Gulch Fire Information
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Fire Information:(541) 975-4271
Dry Gulch Fire Transitions to Smaller Local Team
Management of the Dry Gulch fire transitioned from Oregon
Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team 3, to a smaller, local
Northeast Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team at 7:00 pm on September 18th.Resources assigned to the fire today include
5 crews, 9 engines, 1 dozer, 1 water tender, and 2 excavators. The incident
command post is located in Halfway, OR. The
cause of the fire is under investigation.No structures have been lost in the Dry Gulch fire. The fire is 17,823 acres, and is 85% contained, with 145 personnel assigned.
Fire Operations:Crews are securing the fire line and mopping up hot
spots along the northern perimeter of the fire.They are starting at the edge of the fire and working in.The north end of the fire in the timber is
the active portion of the fire. Firefighters set up hose with portable tanks
to get water to a portion of the north perimeter of the fire yesterday. Engines are providing water to other areas of
the north edge of the fire. There will
be some smoke visible in the interior of the fire in the coming days, as the
weather gets warmer and drier.
Excavators are beginning to repair the effects of fire
suppression on dozer fire lines, by pulling back berm material, and spreading
brush, limbs and rocks over fire lines that were constructed by dozers.Water bars are being installed to divert run
off water along dozer fire lines on steep slopes.
Weather:The forecast calls for warmer
and drier conditions for the next several days.
Please use caution if traveling in the
vicinity of the Dry Gulch fire, and watch for fire equipment and firefighters along
All evacuation notices for the Dry Gulch
fire have been lifted.
A regulated closure is in effect on state
and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast
Oregon. Please check with a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more
complete information on public use fire restrictions on lands protected by ODF,
or visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: www.bmidc.org.
Fire prevention orders are also in
effect for public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).For further information contact a BLM office
or the website atwww.blm.gov/or/districts/vale.