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Crews continue to fight Logging Unit Fire, Warm Springs area

Logging Unit Fires Update - 7/31/2014

Incident: Logging Unit Fires Wildfire

Oregon Incident Management Team #1 (Oregon Team 1) assumed command of the Bear Butte 2 Fire and the Logging Unit Fires this morning at 6:00 a.m.

The “Logging Unit Fires” include the Haily Butte, Camas Prairie, Skyline, and North Pinhead Fires, as well as the Logging Unit Fire.

The Bear Butte Fire includes only the northern portion of the fire within the boundaries of the Warm Springs Reservation.

The fires did not grow on Wednesday, but there was interior fire activity and some spotting occurred outside the lines on the Logging Unit Fire near Road 187. The spot fires were extinguished by the end of shift. As heavy fuels, such as large tree roots and downed logs, become increasingly dry since last week’s rain, they are burning more thoroughly and flaming up occasionally.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service today through Saturday for thunderstorms producing abundant lightning. Oregon Team 1 will assist as needed with responses to new fires.

The rerouting of a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail in the vicinity of Pinhead Butte and the Wasco/Clackamas County line remains in effect.

Road closures apply to specific areas within the Warm Springs Reservation. Road Closures that apply to the public (with the exception of local residents) are the B-180, B-160, and B-140 roads at their intersection with HWY 26. Full road closures apply to the B-160 near the B-165 junction, the County Line Road at the end of the pavement, and the J-100 Road at the Tenino Road junction.

The two area closures associated with the fires are shown on the attached map of closures.

Fire at a Glance

Total Incident Size: 10,447 acres

-Bear Butte 2 (north half): 3803 ac.

  • Logging Unit Fires: 6644 ac.

Containment: 80%

Assigned Personnel: 891

Aircraft:

-2 Type 1 Heavy Lift helicopters

-1 Type 3 Light Lift helicopter

-1 Fixed Wing Air Mgt Aircraft

Location:

-Logging Unit Fires: 15 miles WSW of Simnasho on the Warm Springs Reservation.

-Bear Butte 2 Fire: 25 miles WSW of Warm Springs on the Warm Springs Reservation.

Cause: Started by lightning on July 16, 2014

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