Many more positive developments were made yesterday, especially with mop-up activity. We experienced only moderate fire behavior, with the same creeping and smoldering we have seen for several days, with smoke mostly coming from the interior in the northwest corner of the fire. The northwest corner has heavy down and dead fuel loading which continues to slowly burn. Crews have a good handle on the location of those hotter areas. We continued mop-up and patrolling lines in all divisions. Firing operations hastened burning of unburned fuels in the interior islands to reinforce fire control lines. Crews encountered mild, southwest terrain-driven winds and no red flag warnings. We are moving into more active repair/rehab operations, and a special suppression repair group was onsite beginning last evening scouting and looking at road and contingency lines. Incident operations are moving toward a more local incident management team by the end of the week.
Expect the same creeping and smoldering we saw yesterday, with smoke mostly coming from the interior in the northwest corner of the fire. Fuels along the line and interior pockets will continue to burn actively. Breezy conditions will continue MondayWednesday. We will continue mop-up and patrol lines in all divisions. Priority activities today include mop-up on the dozer line behind Withers Ranch and suppression activity repair/rehabilitation. A special landowner meeting was held today for landowners impacted by the Brattain Fire.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has updated the following evacuation notices:
Level 2 (Set) – South of the Murphy Ranch on Clover Flat Road east to Valley Falls
Level 1 (Ready) –Highway 395 from Valley Falls east to Chandler State Park; Highway 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane, all of Paisley to Valley Falls; Clover Flat Road from Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) to Murphy Ranch
From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.
The Brattain fire started on September 7, 2020 and is currently burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire but will soon transition out and a smaller, more localized team will take over incident operations. Firefighting crews continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule and are battling winds, extremely dry conditions and shortages of firefighting resources.
SIZE: 50,447 acres