Watson Creek Fire Update Wednesday, August 23, 2018

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Firefighters on the line today will be working against increased winds over the fire area. Fire behavior is expected to be very active by late morning. Last night crews were able to catch any spotting across fire lines even as visibility on the fire decreased, and were able to conduct successful firing operations in the Hadley Butte area. The total acreage is now at 40,272.

A 6,500 gallon heliwell has been established at Coffee Pot Flat to reduce turn-around times on water drops for the helicopters working hot spots. Visibility remains a concern for aviation resources and may be reduced by smoke from this and surrounding fires through mid-afternoon.

A dry cold front is predicted to bring gusty winds with lower relative humidity recoveries to the fire area today through Friday. Southerly winds in the morning are expected to gradually become westerly and eventually northwesterly. Winds are forecast to be strongest in the afternoon and evening hours with gusts up to 25 mph which may hamper the efforts of fire crews. Where the winds align with the slope and topography, higher gusts may be possible. Temperatures are forecasted in the 70s to lower 80s, and relative humidity should decrease to 15-25%.

The Level 3 (GO) evacuation for the Lakeview Estates neighborhood just north of Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes in the Fremont-Winema National Forest is still in effect today.

A Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation area is in place for residents west of Oregon State Highway 31 between mileposts 79 and 105. Residents in the area should be aware of current conditions. If evacuations become necessary, it will be coordinated through the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and communicated through the Incident Management Team, SCOFMP and Fremont-Winema National Forest. It is recommended to always “Be Ready” when living near a fire-prone area.

Fire Area Emergency Closure Order Number 06-02-03-18-02-01 for the Fremont-Winema National Forest remains in effect.

Size: 40,272

Containment: 10%

Location: 13 miles West of Paisley, Oregon (Paisley Ranger District)

Cause: Under Investigation

Assigned Personnel: 743

19 Crews

40 Engines

Aircraft:

2 Type 1 helicopters

2 Type 2 helicopters

3 Type 3 helicopter

Structures Threatened:

212 Residences

300 Other

Closures: Fremont-Winema National Forest Roads & Recreation Sites

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