Northwest Incident Management Team 6
Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Shane Theall, Deputy IC
Watson Creek Fire Update
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
A spot fire near Buckaroo Springs and Forest Service Road 3510 was caught in the Watson Creek Fire area on Tuesday. All divisions working on the fire reported progress yesterday and will be mopping up, holding, and patrolling containment lines. Crews are gridding, looking for any areas of heat within 100 feet of the perimeter.
Following weaker winds and cooler temperatures overnight, today may be warmer than yesterday. Creeping and smoldering fire behavior is still anticipated. Today winds are projected to be out of the south in the morning, southwest in the afternoon and west in the evening. This may cause more smoke in the Paisley area.
Today the public is invited to visit the heli-base at the Paisley airport from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Much of South Central Oregon is very dry and receptive to fire. Remember to be careful if you are driving. Keep chains from dragging and creating sparks. Never throw a cigarette or other combustible material from a vehicle.
Evacuations & Closure:
In collaboration with Team 6 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has reduced evacuation levels.
As of 6:00 a.m. today, the Lakeview Estates neighborhood Level 3 evacuation has been lowered to a Level 2.
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.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 57,371 acres
Location: 6 miles southwest of Paisley, Oregon (Paisley Ranger District)
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Assigned Personnel: 931
24 Crews 69 Engines
3 Type 1 helicopters
2 Type 2 helicopters
1 Type 3 helicopter
212 Residences 300 Other
Fremont-Winema National Forest Roads & Recreation Sites
Radio Updates: KPAI 103.1 FM
9:30 a.m. (online: Paisley School Radio)