Wildfire Update: Watson Creek Fire 8/28/18

Team Liaison Officer and Lake County Deputy Sheriff working on evacuation orders. Watson Creek Fire (Inciweb)

Team Liaison Officer and Lake County Deputy Sheriff working on evacuation orders. Watson Creek Fire (Inciweb)

Watson Creek Fire at a Glance
Acres: 56,695
Containment: 65%
Location: 6 Miles southwest of Paisley, Oregon
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: 1,006
Resources: • 27 Crews
• 63 Engines
Aircraft: • 5 Type 1 Helicopters
• 2 Type 2 Helicopters
• 1 Type 3 Helicopters
• 212 Residences
• 300 Other

Infrared Map Watson Creek Fire



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.

Weather today in the fire area is predicted to be warmer and drier with light easterly winds.  Fire behavior along most of the perimeter will be creeping and smoldering.  Active fire behavior could occur in the interior areas of unburned fuels and the western flank of the fire could be affected by the easterly winds.

Today the public is invited to tour the fire camp in Paisley any time between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be tours of the Heli-base at the Paisley airport.

In collaboration with Team 6 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has reduced some evacuation levels.

  • The Lakeview Estates neighborhood Level 3 evacuation is still in effect.
  • The areas previously at a Level 2 evacuation have been lowered to a Level 1.
  • The evacuation notice has been lifted for residents east of Highway 31.

Closure Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-02 for the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect.

Hunters and other recreationists traveling in areas with high fire danger or closures from recent or ongoing wildfire are asked to use extreme caution and follow all fire restrictions while in the forest.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire activity will continue to moderate in the open-understory ponderosa and sage. Areas of beetle-killed lodgepole will still exhibit intense surface fire with some torching. Moderate spread rates in the continuous ceanothus and sage/grasses is expected.

24 hours: Continued moderated fire behavior. Mostly surface fire with creeping and smoldering as firefighters continue to secure the perimeter. Interior pockets of unburned fuel will continue to be active.


Observed: Cloudy and cool conditions were present early Monday morning. Temperatures remained cool and in the 50s to 60s despite some afternoon sunshine. Light northerly winds in the morning became northeasterly in the afternoon. Winds were much lighter than Sunday with gusts only reaching 15-20 mph.

Forecasted: Light to moderate easterly flow will bring a warming and drying trend to the Watson Creek Fire Tuesday. After another chilly start, afternoon temperatures will reach the 60s and 70s. An east wind will lower relative humidity back to 15-20%. Winds will be strongest in the evening hours with gusts up to 20 mph.

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