Resources: 3-type 2 IA hand crews, 10-type 2 hand crews, 2-camp crews, 1- light helicopter, 6-engines, 1-dozers, 8-water tenders, 1- ambulance, 3-skidgens, and 103 overhead. Right sizing of the fire suppression resources continues with demobilization of resources in response to operational needs.
Air Operations: The current temporary flight restriction in place over the fire area will be lifted at 8:00 pm today.
Weather: Today will be partly cloudy with smoke haze settled into the area. A Heat Advisory and Fire Weather Watch are both in effect for the area today. Thunderstorms are predicted starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the night. If thunderstorms develop, gusts of 40 mph winds are possible. Max temperatures of 96 degrees with relative humidity to 12%. Winds will be mostly upslope at 6 - 8 mph switching to the northwest 12-16 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
Closures: The Umatilla National Forest implemented an area closure; including trails and roads within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area. A map and detailed description of the area closure is available on the Umatilla National Forest website at and on Inciweb. Forest Service personnel will be located near the campground to assist recreational visitors with alternative locations to camp. This closure will be evaluated daily for need as a safety precaution to firefighters and the public. With the transition of management to a Type 4 incident, agency officials will be looking closely at removing the closure as soon as possible.
The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery. Any spark landing in light fuels (grass) has a 100% potential to start a fire so please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
- Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District. Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
- Phase B of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest are in effect. For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visitwww.bmidc.org