Prescribed Fire Operations Begin Tuesday Near Chemult as Conditions Permit

Prescribed Fire Operations Begin Tuesday Near Chemult as Conditions Permit

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be conducting prescribed fire operations starting September 25, 2018 on the Fremont-Winema NF Chemult Ranger District, as environmental conditions permit.

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Fall Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon

Fall Prescribed Fire Season starting in South Central Oregon

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Now that fall weather has arrived, fire managers on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Lakeview District Bureau of land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex are looking for opportunities to apply prescribed fire to the landscape.

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Most Public Use Restrictions in South Central Oregon lifted at midnight tonight

Most Public Use Restrictions in South Central Oregon lifted at midnight tonight

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) will be lifting Public Use Restrictions effective at midnight tonight for most of the area. Public Use Restrictions remain in effect for the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 9/6/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 9/6/18

Fire crews continue to mop-up and perform suppression repair along the fire boundary and within the interior.

The Level 1 – Be Ready – evacuation status for Lakeview Estates will be lifted at noon today. Fire managers ask that only residents and property owners use the roads, as there is significant traffic from fire crews, heavy equipment, ranchers and logging trucks.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 9/5/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 9/5/18

There will be a community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Paisley Community Center to update the public on the Watson Creek Fire. The most current information available will be shared, as well as next steps, followed by questions and answers.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 9/1/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 9/1/18

Friday’s early morning infrared imagery showed a hot spot outside of fire lines near Mill Creek. “There was heat in the ground that hadn’t shown up yet as smoke or flame,” said Vince Grace, field operations chief for Team 6. “Our day crew was able to find it and dig it out. It was a good catch.”

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/31/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/31/18

Chipping operations continue in the northern portion of the Watson Creek Fire to reduce the concentration of roadside slash left over from suppression operations. Crews are watching for hot spots outside the lines while working to mop up 100 feet or more in from the perimeter in all areas.  Some stumps are still burning and isolated tree torching is visible in the interior portion of the fire.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/30/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/30/18

A helicopter and ground crews quickly extinguished a small spot fire caused by interior torching yesterday near the Sycan River. Burning of interior islands may create smoke visible in the Paisley area today.  Crews will continue to hold and improve fire lines while mopping up and remaining vigilant for new spot fires.  Rehabilitation needs are being assessed and addressed.

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Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/29/18

Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/29/18

NorCal Team 2 will transfer command of the Stone Fire to a Type 3 Modoc National Forest organization at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

The Stone Fire remains at 39,387 acres and is 100% contained. 696 resources are assigned to the fire, including three helicopters.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/28/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/28/18

Crews working on the Watson Creek Fire connected fire lines yesterday around the entire perimeter of the fire and are strengthening the lines to achieve full containment as soon as possible.  There will be continued work in and around the fire holding the lines, mopping up and patrolling.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/27/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/27/18

Incident Meteorologist Matt Mehle accurately forecast the windy conditions experienced over the fire area on Sunday. In the northwest corner of the fire, crews were able to take advantage of favorable wind directions by utilizing controlled burning to strengthen the lines. Some spot fires were detected in the morning but contained by end of shift. All aircraft were able to fly the entire day and containment lines held.

Fire activity will moderate as the fire transitions from large patches of beetle-killed lodgepole to open-understory canopy with grasses, sage, and ceanothus. Group and isolated torching with lower surface spread rates are expected.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/26/18 [VIDEO]

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/26/18 [VIDEO]

The Watson Creek Fire was subdued overnight, according to night operations chief Vince Grace.  However, light winds from the southwest this morning are expected to increase in velocity and vary in direction throughout the day.  Fire lines on the east side may be tested by the wind and engines will patrol as a precaution.

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Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/26/18

Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/26/18

ALTURAS, Calif.— The Stone Fire remains at 39,386 acres and is 63% contained. 936 resources are assigned to the fire, including eight helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as needed. There is line around the entire fire perimeter.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/25/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/25/18

Firefighters constructed more than a mile of dozer line on Friday to connect with Forest Road 3372-022 and cut off spread of the fire to the northwest, reducing the expected footprint of the Watson Creek Fire by 5 to 6 square miles if the line continues to hold.

Doug McKay, Silver Lake and Paisley District Ranger, said, “Thursday’s defensive holding action during the wind event allowed the team to return to the offensive on Friday, and they are making safe and significant strides toward stopping the fire.” Containment of the fire increased to 15%.

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Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/25/18

Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/25/18

The Stone Fire is currently 38,467 acres and 56% contained. There are 998 resources assigned to the fire, including seven helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.

The fire was quiet overnight, and crews were able to tie the last piece of dozer line from Turner Creek northeast along the Forest Road system into Loveness Road at Forest Road 42N17.  They assured that no heat was close to the fire’s edge on the eastern side of the fire, which is now completely lined.

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Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/24/18

Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/24/18

The Watson Creek Fire is holding at approximately 5.5 to 6 air miles from the town of Paisley.  Fire crews prepared for firing operations last night along Forest Road 28 to the 3315 and 3411.  On the Forest Road 33-014, firefighters will work today to continue holding that area.  Spot fires yesterday were managed on the ground quickly.  The total acreage is now at 46,525.

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Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/24/18

Wildfire Update: Stone Fire 8/24/18

The Stone Fire is currently 38,188 acres and 25% contained. There are 971 resources assigned to the fire, including seven helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed.

The fire continued to burn actively until the wind decreased. Firefighters worked directly along the fire’s active edge, completing containment line along the northwestern edge between Forest Road 41N44E and Forest Road 41N17.

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