Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Evacuations Levels are Reduced on Griffin Gulch Fire

Baker City, OR—Firefighters are making good progress on the Griffin Gulch Fire.  The fire is currently reported at 30 acres, approximately 2 miles southwest of Baker City.  Aggressive initial attack has stopped the fire spread at this time.  Resources will remain on scene tonight to continue securing the fire line and extinguish hot spots.  The fire is burning on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry and the Greater Bowen Valley Fire District.  ODF is managing the fire in coordination with Greater Bowen Valley Fire. 

Currently The Griffin Gulch area has been lowered to a Level 2 (SET) evacuation order.  The area surrounding Griffin Gulch remains at a Level 2 (SET) evacuation order.  A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice is still in place for Elk Creek, Washington Gulch, Old Auburn and the foothills south of Baker City.  Residents are encouraged to continue monitoring conditions tonight and be aware of changes.  Evacuation orders will be re-evaluated tomorrow morning. 

Resources on the fire at this time include 1 dozer, 4 engines, one water tender, and 5 hand crews.  Resources from Keating, Bowen Valley, and Baker Rural Fire Departments, as well as Oregon Department of Forestry and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest resources responded this afternoon.  10 engines, four dozers, three hand crews, two helicopters, four Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), two heavy air tankers, and an air attack were part of the effort today.  Resources will be on scene tomorrow to continue working the fire. 

Thunderstorm activity has been reported in the area and resources are patrolling the strike areas looking for any new starts. 

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1. 


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Photo Courtesy of Jana Peterson-Oregon Department of Forestry

Griffin Gulch Fire Evacuation Order Update 8/31/16 7:15 p.m.

The Griffin Gulch area is currently at a Level 2 (SET) evacuation order.  This area was previously at a Level 3 (GO).  All other evacuation orders and notices will remain in place.

High Winds Push New Fire Start Burning South of Baker City

Baker City, OR--Residents of Baker City may be noticing a column of smoke to the south of town.  The Griffin Gulch Fire was reported late Wednesday afternoon burning 3 miles southwest of Baker City.  The fire, estimated to be approximately 20 acres, is burning in grass and timber on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry.  High winds are being reported in the fire area and temperatures are approximately 88 degrees.  Fire resources responding to the scene include three dozers, 8 engines, one hand crew, an air attack, and two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs).  The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is being investigated. 

A Level 3 (GO) evacuation order has been issued for residences of Griffin Gulch.  A Level 2 (SET) evacuation order has been issued for the area immediately surrounding Griffin Gulch to the north side of Elk Creek.  A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice has been issued for the Elk Creek, Washington Gulch, Old Auburn and the foothills south of Baker City.

The near-term weather report calls for cooler temperatures by the weekend with the arrival of a cold front.  Frontal passages typically mean higher winds while the front moves through the area.  The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon.  Fire managers recommend that recreationists and travelers check the fire regulations before heading out to enjoy the forest. 

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1. 

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INDIAN CROSSING FIRE - UPDATE

INDIAN CROSSING FIRE - UPDATE:

At a Glance:
87 Acres (decrease in size due to more accurate mapping)
45% Contained
120 Personnel (2 Hotshot Crews - 4 Type 2 Hand Crews - 3 Engines)
2 Medium Helicopters

Cooler weather and light winds aided firefighters yesterday. The fire is now just creeping and smoldering and crews will continue to secure hand-lines and mop up. Challenges remain with the steep terrain and numerous snags.

As we approach the holiday weekend we'd like to remind visitors to check forest websites for more information on Public Use Restrictions.


BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Tuesday, August 31, 2016
BMIDC's Website
8/30 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
1
0.1
Total
1
0.1
INCIDENT SUMMARY
8/30

No Incidents to Report

Nash Lane – OR-UMA-000833: BIA. Type 5, 7 Miles SE of Pendleton. 1/10 acre, grass, contained & controlled

Incidents Previously Reported:

Indian Crossing OR-WWF-000809: WFZ.  Type 3 Team.  15 Miles NW of Halfway, OR.  Start 8/27/2016.  Full Suppression.  Cause: Human Caused.  90 Acres.  20% Containment.  Grass and Timber.  Moderate Fire behavior.  

Rail OR-WWF-000582. IMT2. NW Team 13 (Gales). 5 miles W of Unity, OR. Start 7/31. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 40,785 acres (+1,148). 70% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Reported acreage growth all interior. Road, trail and area closures. Continued burn out as conditions allow. Mop-up and suppression repair ongoing. Evacuation notices.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

INDIAN CROSSING FIRE - UPDATE

INDIAN CROSSING FIRE - UPDATE

At a Glance:
90 Acres
30% Contained
6 Hand Crews
2 Engines
1 Type-1 Helicopter
1 Type-2 Helicopter

Despite Red Flag Warnings and high winds firefighters were able to establish good line along both flanks of the fire, removing snags and establishing hose lays.

Today firefighters will focus on mopping up the fire area and should be aided by cooler temperatures and lighter winds.

We continue to ask the public to stay clear of the FS Road 3960 (Upper Imnaha Rd), Trail 1860 and the Indian Crossing, Coverdale and Hidden Campgrounds for firefighter and public safety.

Wallowa-Whitman NF remains in Phase B Public Use Restrictions. Please check the forest web page for a list of campgrounds where campfires are approved.

Tuesday, August 30th, BMIDC Morning Briefing

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
BMIDC's Website
8/29 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
8/29

No Incidents to Report

Incidents Previously Reported:

Indian Crossing OR-WWF-000809: WFZ.  Type 3 Team.  15 Miles NW of Halfway, OR.  Start 8/27/2016.  Full Suppression.  Cause: Human Caused.  90 Acres.  20% Containment.  Grass and Timber.  Moderate Fire behavior.   

Rail OR-WWF-000582. IMT2. NW Team 13 (Gales). 5 miles W of Unity, OR. Start 7/31. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 39,637 acres (+602). 65% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Reported acreage growth mostly interior. Road, trail and area closures. Some spread south toward containment lines. Continued burn out as conditions allow. Mop-up and suppression repair ongoing on other divisions. Evacuation notices





Monday, August 29, 2016

Indian Crossing Fire Update

Katy Gray – (541)519-4623                                                                August 29, 2016

Indian Crossing Fire Update

BAKER CITY, OR – The Blue Mountain Interagency Type 3 Incident Command Team (IMT), led by Incident Commander Matt James, assumed command of the Indian Crossing fire at 6:00 a.m. today.

The fire is currently 90 acres and 20% contained. Resources from across Oregon and Washington responded to the fire yesterday, including the La Grande and Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crews and a Type 1 Helicopter to provide aerial support.

Fire managers continue to ask the public to remain clear of the Indian Crossing, Coverdale and Hidden Campgrounds, the 1860 Trail and FS Road 3960, also known as the Upper Imnaha Road for firefighter and public safety.

There is a Red Flag warning in effect for both Baker and Wallowa Counties today indicating high temperatures and increasing wind throughout the day. Extreme Fire Behavior can be expected on any new and existing fires including the Indian Crossing Fire. Please use extreme caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire!

The Wallowa Whitman National Forest remains in Phase B Public Use Restrictions.  

For more information and a list of designated recreation areas and campsites where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

Wallowa-Whitman NF: 541-523-6391 or Forest Information Hotlines
·         Baker City 541-523-1234
·         La Grande 541-962-8679
·         Joseph 541-426-5552

Updated Fire Information can also be found on the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog at www.bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com    
      
Regulated 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.                                                                                             
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Monday, August 29, BMIDC Morning Briefing

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Monday, August 29, 2016
BMIDC's Website
8/28 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
8/28

No Incidents to Report

Incidents Previously Reported:

Inc. 809: (Indian Creek Crossing): WFZ.  Type 3 Team.  15 Miles NW of Halfway, OR.  Start 8/27/2016.  Full Suppression.  Cause: Human Caused.  85 Acres.  Grass and Timber.  Moderate Fire behavior.   

Rail OR-WWF-000582. IMT2. NW Team 6 (Sheldon)/NW Team 13 (Gales). 5 miles W of Unity, OR. Start 7/31. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 39,035 acres (+4,666). 60% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Reported acreage growth mostly interior. Road, trail and area closures. Some spread south toward containment lines. Continued burn out as conditions allow. Mop-up and suppression repair ongoing on other divisions. Evacuation notices. Planned transfer of command from IMT2 NW Team 6 (Sheldon) to IMT2 NW Team 13 (Gales) today at 0600




Sunday, August 28, 2016

Indian Crossing Fire - Initial Information

Katy Gray – (541)519-4623                                                                August 28, 2016

New Fire Starts on Opening Day of Archery Season

BAKER CITY, OR – The Indian Crossing Fire was reported by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center shortly after 2:00 p.m. Saturday and is located 15 miles North of Halfway, Oregon along the Imnaha River, near Indian Crossing Campground. The fire is currently 85 acres in size and 0% contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Initial Attack resources include three hand crews, four engines, La Grande Interagency Hotshot Crew and Sled Spring Rappellers. Several aerial resources, including Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and helicopters are also assisting in the firefighting efforts.

Firefighters were able to safely evacuate Indian Crossing Campground, Cloverdale Campground and Hidden Campground as well as numerous dispersed campsites along Forest Service (FS) Road 3960, the Upper Imnaha Road.  We ask the public to remain clear of the 3 campgrounds, FS Road 3960 and Trail 1860 at this time for Firefighter and Public Safety.

Conditions are extremely dry and hot, windy weather is expected to continue through the weekend. Fire managers encourage anyone heading out to enjoy archery season or to recreate on public lands to check local conditions and fire restrictions before heading out.

The Wallowa Whitman National Forest remains in Phase B Public Use Restrictions. For more information and a list of designated recreation areas and campsites where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

Wallowa-Whitman NF: 541-523-6391 or Forest Information Hotlines
·         Baker City 541-523-1234
·         La Grande 541-962-8679
·         Joseph 541-426-5552

Updated Fire Information can also be found on the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog at www.bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com        
        
Regulated 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                                                                  

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Sunday, August 28th BMIDC Morning Briefing

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
BMIDC's Website
8/27 (NEW) INITITAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
1
53
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
1
3.3
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
2
56.3
INCIDENT SUMMARY
8/27

Inc. 809: (Indian Creek Crossing): Unknown Cause. Rappellers, Engines, and misc. overhead. 0% Contained. Moderate Fire Behavior with some torching and spotting. Current size up is 85 acres. Type 3 IC Rova, In brief 1400 @ Joseph. Ariel resources order for the incident this morning are AA, T1H, 2 T2 Helicopters. Inc.

810: Human Caused. Fire turned over to landowner. 3 acres

Incidents Previously Reported
IMT2. NW Team 6 (Sheldon). 5 miles W of Unity, OR. Start 7/31. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 34,369 acres (+629). 58% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Road, trail and area closures in effect. Some spread south toward containment lines. Continued burn out as conditions allow. Mop-up and suppression repair ongoing on other divisions. Evacuation notices in effect. Planned transfer of command from IMT2 NW Team 6 (Sheldon) to IMT2 NW Team 13 (Gales) 8/29.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rail Fire Update - Saturday, Aug 27th



Saturday, August 27th BMIDC Morning Briefing

BMIDC MORNING BRIEFING
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
BMIDC's Website
8/26 (NEW) INITIAL ATTACK
Fires
Acres
Umatilla National Forest
0
0
Wallowa Whitman National Forest
0
0
Vale District BLM Baker Area
0
0
NEO Oregon Department of Forestry
0
0
WA DNR Snake River Unit
0
0
BIA Umatilla Agency
0
0
Total
0
0
INCIDENT SUMMARY
8/26

No Activity To Report

Incidents Previously Reported
Rail OR-WWF-000582. IMT2. NW Team 6 (Sheldon). 5 miles W of Unity, OR. Start 7/31. Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 33,740 acres (+911). 55% containment. Timber. Moderate fire behavior. Road, trail and area closures in effect. Some spread south toward containment lines. Continued mop-up and burn out as conditions allow. Evacuation notices in effect. NW Team 13 (Gales) ordered for transition.