Lakeview, OR– Crews worked overnight to increase and secure containment lines on the Patton Meadow Fire, while rising humidity complicated operations to burn out fuels in the area around Patton Meadow. The rind along the edge of containment lines in several areas was increased from 50 feet up to 150 feet, while crews checked for hotspots to prevent flare ups in the interior of the fire.
Day shift operations will continue mop-up on the south, lower east and west corners of the fire. Snagging crews will work to clear dangerous standing dead trees, paving the way for mop up crews to work deeper into the fire’s footprint.
Today’s weather forecast of moderate temperatures and light winds will be favorable for burnout efforts to continue in the area around Patton Meadow. Crews have prepared for burnout operations by laying hose and fortifying control lines before introducing fire to consume remaining fuels.
As the threat to structures decreases, OSFM will be returning task forces to their home agencies. OSFM will maintain an adequate number of resources to complete the work that needs to be done. Remaining task forces will continue with structural assessments and assisting wildland crews where needed.
With the successful efforts on the Willow Valley Fire, last night was the last night shift on the fire. Today will be the last day shift with the fire team handing the fire back to the local BLM district.
ODF Team 3, OSFM Blue Team, and Lake County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite you to a Fireside Chat with the Fox Complex Leadership. Please join us this afternoon, Thursday, August 19, at 2:00 pm on the front lawn of the Lake County Fairgrounds. Details can be found here – https://fb.me/e/2CIkOohpD
Lake County Sheriff’s Office evacuation details can be found by visitng https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Oregon-104435824529906.