The Deschutes Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Pole Creek Fire at 7:00 A.M. Saturday, September 29, 2012. John Erwert is the Incident Commander.
Firefighters worked on the west flank of the fire yesterday where active burning is taking place. Helicopters dropped buckets of water to hold the fire on the west flank. Mop-up is progressing well on the fire outside of the wilderness. Rehabilitation of suppression activity is well underway on the east flank of the fire.
Two Type 1 Hotshot crews have been ordered with plans to do a direct attack strategy on the north end of the fire in the wilderness. Fallers plan to precede the crews along the northwest line, then the Hotshots will do direct attack on the fire with progressive hose lays into that area. Another type 2 helicopter will supplement aerial support today.
On the east flank of the fire, brush is being chipped and returned to the forest floor. As chipping operations continue to the north, chips will be stockpiled for eventual distribution inside the burn area to mitigate erosion of the slopes. “It’s important to get material on the slopes before it rains,” Incident Commander John Erwert said.
Rehabilitation of suppression lines is going well on the south end of the fire. Crews have been working from Little Three Creek Lake north along Forest Road 16 chipping brush and stacking fallen logs.
Weather for Sunday should be mostly clear, with temperature 76˚; afternoon relative humidity around 21-30% in the upper elevations. North winds 3-8 mph.
Residents are reminded to check information sources regularly. Fire suppression activities are still on going. www.inciweb.org/incidents/3244, Facebook and twitter are regularly updated.
Check www.firewise.org for tips and techniques to help protect your home from future wildfires.