Cutoff Fire Update: Night crew sets day crew up for success
BONANZA, Ore.— Night shift resources made good progress on the fire. Crews worked on containing the 5 acre spot fire from yesterday afternoon. Firefighters also carried out a small, controlled burn of unburned vegetation in the fire’s interior.
Today the plan is to mop-up 150 feet into the fire’s perimeter. Crews will continue to strengthen containment lines until the fire reaches full containment. The biggest threat to spread is hot spots close to the fire’s edge.
Tonight, an infrared drone will fly over the fire to map the hot spots near the fire’s perimeter. This resource maps heat that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Residents in the area may notice this aircraft as it operates after dusk along the perimeter of the fire. Members of the public are not allowed to fly drones near wildfires – if you fly, we cannot!
ODF Incident Management Team 1 held a community meeting last night. The meeting was recorded and is posted on the fire’s Facebook page. Local fire managers and team members spoke at the meeting and answered numerous questions from participants.
Today’s weather is expected to be more moderate with warm, dry, and sunny conditions. There is a chance of thunderstorms today after 3 p.m. The best chance for a thunderstorm will be to the north and east of the fire.
As a reminder, there are still evacuations in effect in the area near the fire. A Level 2 (GET SET) evacuation is still in effect for the area east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, between Jaguar Lane/Racoon Lane and Spaniel Lane/ Crocodile Lane, west of Thrasher Drive. A Level 1 (GET READY) evacuation notice is in place for other areas. There are still hazards around the fire, so residents are urged to stay vigilant when traveling through the area.