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, September 22, 2015
Dry Gulch Fire Information
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Fire Information:(541) 975-4271
Some Smoke Still Visible on Dry Gulch Fire
There is still some visible smoke in the Dry Gulch
fire, with the present warm, dry conditions.The weather is predicted to continue to be warm and dry through the
week, with no significant precipitation in the forecast.Firefighters are working on the fire and
taking action on these smokes as needed.
Please use caution if traveling in the vicinity of
the Dry Gulch fire, and watch for fire equipment and firefighters along the
Management of the Dry Gulch fire will transition
from the Northeast Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team to a smaller local Type
4 organization on September 23rd.Resources assigned to the fire today include 4 crews, 5 engines, 1
dozer, 1 water tender, and 2 excavators. The incident command post is located
in Halfway, OR.
The Dry Gulch fire has burned 17,823 acres which
includes: 10,396 acres (58%) of Bureau of Land Management land; 2480 acres
(14%) on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest; 4814 acres (27%) of other
jurisdictions; and 133 acres (1%) of land protected by the Oregon Department of
Forestry.The cause of the fire is under
investigation.No structures have been
lost in the Dry Gulch fire.
Fire Operations:The timbered area on the north end of the fire is
the active portion of the fire. Crews are continuing to secure the fire line
and mop up hot spots along the northern perimeter.They started at the edge of the fire and are
now working in deeper from the perimeter.Firefighters are using hand held infrared cameras to detect hot spots
along the north perimeter of the fire, which are then extinguished.
Two excavators and a dozer are repairing the
effects of fire suppression on contingency 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.
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.