Two major areas of emphasis are the Bear Ridge Fire, which still has active fire in it, and the Slick Ear area, which is being patrolled by engines to ensure the safety of the structures in that area.
Crews and equipment are changing location around the fire’s perimeter. This will facilitate continued suppression and line rehabilitation where needed. The Incident Command Post is relocating to Dayton, Washington to be closer to the active side of the fire.
Weather conditions today include an increase in wind from the west. Crews will be watching for spotting outside the fire line and fire movement. East-west drainages are especially susceptible to a westerly wind pushing fire. Temperatures should cool a bit by the end of the day, but humidities will remain low.
The public is reminded that the fire footprint and adjacent areas are closed to entry. This is a safety issue based on potential fire behavior and suppression work of equipment and crews on the fire. Forest Roads 64, 6415, 62 and potions of the 46 and 4608 roads are all closed. The Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and some adjacent non-wilderness lands that have been directly impacted by fire will remain closed to access. This non-wilderness area is roughly the area from Big Hole to Eden Bench. See the websites listed below for maps of the most up-to-date area and road closures.
A current closure description and map of closed roads is available at all Umatilla National Forest offices as well as on the Umatilla National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/ in addition to the “closures” tab located at the http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4511/#.
Grizzly Bear Complex Fire
Fire Complex Size: 75,464 acres
Start Date: August 13, 2015
Location: 20 miles SE of Dayton, WA, burning on Umatilla National Forest and private lands protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and Washington Dept. of Natural Resources.
Hazards: Gradual continued growth along fire perimeter located within the wilderness. Torching and fire growth likely in areas where there is heavy fuels.
Values at Risk: Public safety; Communities of Troy, Grouse Flats, Eden Bench; Slick Ear, Turkey Tail and Ski Bluewood recreation sites; Long Meadows Guard Station; Historic Hoodoo lookout; Communications facilities.
11 Water tenders
10 Misc. Heavy Equipment
Structures Lost: 33 (5 primary residences)
Evacuation Levels: NONE
Level 1: READY Be prepared
Level 2: SET Be ready to evacuate
Level 3: GO Leave immediately.