Northwest Incident Management Team 6


Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander

Shane Theall, Deputy IC


Watson Creek Fire Update

Friday, August 24, 2018

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.


A dry cold front brought windy conditions to the Watson Creek Fire yesterday with southwest winds in the morning shifting westerly in the afternoon and northwesterly in the evening. Cooler weather is predicted today in the fire area. Temperatures may drop to the 60s and 70s, with relative humidity at 15-30%. Despite cooler temperatures, dry conditions will continue with breezy afternoon winds.


Level 3 (GO) Evacuation: Lakeview Estates neighborhood just north of Campbell and Deadhorse Lakes in the Fremont-Winema National Forest is still in effect. Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuated area residents Sunday.


Definition: Residents should leave immediately. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.


Level 2 (Be Set) Evacuation: Residents west of Highway 31 from Beachler’s Corner (Mile Post 105) north on Highway 31 to the Forest Road 29, also known as Government Harvey Pass Road. This includes the town of Paisley west of Highway 31.


Residents should prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.


Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation: Residents east of Highway 31.


Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.


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

Fire at a Glance


Size:  46,525


Containment: 10%


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


Cause: Under Investigation


Assigned Personnel: 758


19 Crews

46 Engines



6 Type 1 helicopters

2 Type 2 helicopters

1 Type 3 helicopter


Structures Threatened:

212 Residences

300 Other



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