Incident Commander: Jeff Dimke August 19, 2020

Northwest Incident Management Team 12 took over operations of the Crane Fire Tuesday evening and would like to give special thanks to the fantastic work of the local resources and their efforts to contain the fire. We are here to serve the com- munity and will be working hard to protect resource values in the area. The safety of citizens and firefighters is our number one priority.

Northwest Incident Management Team 12 is one of 7 Pacific Northwest Incident Management Teams that is responsible for the management of all-risk incidents that occur in the Northwest but will also respond nationally if needed.

Yesterday’s operations:

Firefighters began burnout operations (setting fire inside a control line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line) and scouted for additional fire control opportunities.

Today’s operations:

Continue fire control line construction and make preparations for full fire suppres- sion actions to protect private and state lands, timber, grazing, recreation, Lake- view watershed, and natural resources at risk. If needed, as part of the teams IA (initial fire attack) responsibilities the team will be coordinating with the rural fire protection districts and ranchers on the west and east sides of the fire and doing structural assessments. Smoke is continuing to impact Lakeview and New Pine Creek and will be visible throughout the area. There is a Red Flag Warning in effect from 2 to 8 p.m. today for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity.


The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued an emergency fire closure order, formally referenced as Number 06-02-02-20-01, for the Crane Fire area. The clo- sure is generally between Hwy 140 and the Oregon/California Stateline; and from the Forest Boundary on the west to Forest Roads 3610, 3910, 3910-019 to the Forest Boundary and Road 3915 to the Stateline. Twin Springs, Willow Creek and Deep Creek Campgrounds, Crane Mountain and Rogger Meadow Trailheads and the Crane Mountain Trail are closed as a result. A map is available on Inciweb. The closure will remain in effect as conditions require.

Safety Message:

Hwy 140 is open. Please be aware of increased fire traffic in the fire area, as well as surrounding communities. Slow down and use caution around fire equipment.

The team is working in concert with Lake Health District to protect the community from the threat of Covid 19.

  • SIZE: 2,270 acres 
  • PERSONNEL: 289 
  • CAUSE: Under Investigation 
  • Hand Crews 8 
  • Engines 13 
  • Dozers 3 
  • Water Tenders 2 
  • Helicopters 4 
  • Fixed Wing 1