BRATTAIN FIRE UPDATE

Incident Commander: Coley Neider
September 12, 2020

The virtual community meeting scheduled at 7:00 tonight for the Brattain Fire has been canceled.  A new meeting date and time has not been determined.  The Brattain fire is currently burning approximately 10 miles south of Paisley.  The fire is burning in sagebrush-juniper with stringers of Ponderosa Pine in steep, rugged terrain with limited access points and high winds.


Yesterday’s Operations:

Winds continue to be a factor for the Brattain Fire.  Weather patterns, terrain and limited access contributed to fire growth.

Today’s Operations:

Firefighters are directing operations in a proactive response to forecasted weather conditions, including a Red Flag Warning in the area from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity over the fire area.  Local resources and fire management have determined that current conditions allow for burning operations in an effort to protect the City of Paisley and outlying residences ahead of forecasted weather.  The evacuation level was raised to 3 for public safety during these operations.

Evacuations:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has issued a Level 3 (Go) evacuation notice for the Brattain Fire Southwest of Paisley. The Level 3 “Go” notice is for all residents of Paisley. From Red House Lane (north of Paisley), South on Highway 31 to Clover Flat Road onto Clover Flat Road to Forest Service Road 3510 (Moss Pass Road).

The Red Cross is establishing an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview (1900 North 4th St.).  There will be fire information there as well.

Closures:

The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued emergency fire closure order 06-02-03-20-02 for the area east and south of Forest Road 28 and Forest Road 3315, also known as the High Road.  Both roads remain open.  Forest Road 33 is closed at the Forest Boundary south of Paisley to the junction with Forest Road 28.  Forest Road 3510, which makes the southern edge of the closure area is closed, as is Forest Road 3510-018 from Clover Flat Road to the Forest Boundary.  All recreation sites within the closure area are closed, including Marster Spring and Chewaucan Crossing Campgrounds, Jones Crossing Forest Camp, Moss Meadow Horse Camp, Moss Pass Trailhead and Campground, Hanan/Coffeepot Trailhead and the Fremont National Recreation Trail.

Safety:

For those in the evacuation area, it is anticipated there will be congestion on Hwy 31, fire traffic and temporary loss of power.  Please use caution leaving the area.