Operations Video Update: https://youtu.be/HOPF1I_uPgs
Lakeview, ORE. – Crews made excellent progress today, despite high winds and extremely dry conditions. The Patton Meadow Fire is now 6,405 acres and 30 percent contained and the Willow Valley Fire remains 824 acres, now 65 percent contained.
On the north side of the fire, crews have nearly completed contingency line efforts on Cottonwood Road. The northeast corner of the fire is being plumbed with fire hose as containment lines get prepped for mop-up. Retardant dropping air tankers and SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers) worked in unison with helicopters to support ground forces in keeping the fire in check under the Red Flag Warning conditions.
Night shift Operations Section Chief Mike White told crews at briefing tonight to “remain nimble and flexible” in their approach to adapt to shifting conditions. Winds are forecast to shift out of the north with gusts up to 35mph. Engine crews will begin looking into the interior of the fire on the south perimeter to strengthen containment lines against northerly winds. New resources continue to arrive that will not only help corral the fire but assist with mop-up as objectives change.
OSFM Task Forces assisted wildland crews with extinguishing hot spots 50 feet inside the fire line on the south side. In preparation for today’s Red Flag Warning wind event, two additional task forces arrived and were immediately sent out to begin assessing homes on the east side of the fire. They will assist with creating defensible space around structures, where appropriate, and quickly move to fire suppression activities if needed.
We appreciate the public’s outpouring of support for our efforts. Firefighters are well supplied and supported with equipment and food. We cannot accept donations to the firefighters. To support all firefighters, we recommend donating to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation which supports firefighters and families – https://wffoundation.org/. We also suggest that donations of food and other items be made to support the local community at your local food bank or Red Cross shelter.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuation details can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.