Terwillger Fire Update – Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Contact(s): Terwilliger Fire Information: (541) 719-8135

  • Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River, OR
  • Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
  • Size: 9,158 acres
  • Containment: 29%
  • Personnel: 720

Current Status: Firing operations were very successful yesterday in both the northwest and southwest perimeters with favorable weather conditions. Crews began firing operations near Hardy Creek and along Forest Road 140, 142, and 142A spur. In the northeast perimeter, crews completed brushing work along 2 ½ miles of the1993 road. Structural assessments continued along the Highway 126 corridor and Kings Road. Air operations added a seventh helicopter, a Type 1, to provide support to fire crews on the ground. Smoke limited air operations until 2 p.m.

Planned Actions: Today’s weather will again be warm and dry, providing favorable weather conditions for fire growth. Fire managers expect to complete firing operations along Forest Roads 1986 and 416. Firing operations along the northwest fire perimeter will be utilized to strengthen containment line. Crews continue to improve and strengthen fire lines along Forest Roads 140 and 100. Warm, dry weather is predicted through Wednesday evening, leading to active fire behavior. Smoke may again delay air operations until mid-afternoon.

Key Message: Hazardous conditions exist along Forest Highway 19 (FS19). Over the course of the fire there have been numerous instances where large debris such as car-sized boulders and large trees have fallen onto FS19 creating frequent near miss incidents for fire personnel and vehicles. Due to these hazardous conditions, fire managers decided to close FS19 to all traffic, including fire traffic. Road clearing along FS19 will continue in the event that emergency vehicles need to travel the road for rapid evacuation of injured personnel. It was determined that having fire personnel drive a longer alternate route around the fire will lessen the probability of significant injury rather than exposing them to unpredictable falling debris along FS19.

Restrictions: The Willamette National Forest has implemented a Forest-wide campfire ban, which includes all campgrounds and Wilderness areas. For specific information on Forest Order 06-18-01-18-17, see the Willamette National Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices.

Closures: Willamette National Forest has implemented closure order # 06-18-01-18-19. Go to http://go.usa.gov/xRnz7 for more details, a map and a link to the Forest Order, or on Inciweb for a map and a pdf of the original Forest Order.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones). If you fly, we can’t!

Air Quality: For smoke monitoring information, see Oregon Department of Environmental Quality https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map or https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ or http://www.lrapa.org

Cooperating Agencies: US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Upper McKenzie River Fire Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County Emergency Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Fire Marshall, Campbell Global, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.