Oregon Incident Management Team 3 - Central Oregon
Incident Commander: Mark Rapp
Fire Information Center: 541-432-0163
Inciweb Website: www.inciweb.org/incident/3202
The fire burned actively last night continuing to move southward. The infra-red heat detecting mapping flight last night estimates the size at 43,000 acres. The operational plan for today includes mopping up on the north and west flanks including Cottonwood and Horse Creeks; continuing preparation of the Cold Springs Road (4680) and Forest Road 46 down to Buckhorn by clearing brush; and continue to brush to the south from Buckhorn east along Forest Road 780. Dozers have completed a contingency fire line down Cemetery Ridge (east of Buckhorn) to the breaks of the Snake River. Structure protection is in place at Oaks Cabin in Cherry Creek Canyon.
Warmer, drier conditions are expected today with temperatures in the mid-80's and low 90's. A slight chance of thunderstorms are predicted with afternoon cumulus build-up. Outflows and strong downdraft winds could create erratic fire behavior. Smokey conditions will persist throughout the day.
County Road 209 (Snake River Drive) in Washington remains closed at the Grand Ronde River bridge north of Rogersburg by the Asotin County Sheriff's Department. A Forest Area Closure remains in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Oregon. A map and description of the Forest Closure can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman or www.inciweb.org/incident/3202 Road guards are staffing road blocks limiting public access into the fire area for both firefighter and public safety. The need for the closures will be assessed daily and removed as soon as possible.
River users are encouraged to move quickly through the fire area keeping towards the Idaho side and not stopping on the Oregon/Washington side. Users are also encouraged to move away from helicopter dipping operations.
With opening of archery hunting season in Oregon this week-end, all hunters and recreationists are cautioned to watch for the increased amount of firefighting traffic near the fire area. In addition, all visitors are asked to be very conscientious of the extreme fire danger.
Location: Wallowa and Asotin Counties
Date Started: 08/20/12
Size: 45,000 acres
Cache Creek Fire
Percent Contained: 40%
Total Personnel: 800