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Terwillger Fire Update – Friday, September 7, 2018

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

  • Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6160/
  • Location: 5 miles southeast of Blue River, OR
  • Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
  • Size: 9,639 acres
  • Containment: 39%
  • Personnel: 708

Current Status: Fire behavior was generally less active yesterday as smoke covered the area throughout the day. Crews mopped up, chipped and patrolled areas on the west and north perimeters of the fire. Crews also strengthened handline from Forest Service Road (FS) 415 to FS19. The northeast side of the fire is slowly backing down a north-facing slope toward FS1993, where crews brushed, cut hazard trees, and set up sprinklers in preparation for the approaching fire. To the south, crews located and extinguished spot fires between FS19 and the South Fork of the McKenzie River and utilized firing operations to widen existing containment line and burned brush piles. When smoke cleared, helicopters assisted with bucket drops on spot fires in this area.

Planned Actions: Along the north and west flanks, crews will continue mop up and chipping operations, especially around the FS1986 road system. To the northeast, crews will monitor fire spread and finalize preparations as the fire continues to slowly descend north toward FS1993. Crews to the south will hold existing containment lines and patrol for spot fires. A low pressure trough will enter the area bringing lower temperatures, higher humidity values and increased winds at higher elevations.

Key Message: Forest Service Road 19 (FS19) is closed to public traffic from its intersection with FS1900-408 south to, and including, Box Canyon due to unsafe conditions. Hazardous debris, such as car-sized boulders and large trees, have fallen onto the road blocking fire traffic and creating near-miss incidents. As a result, fire traffic is also restricted on FS19 along the Cougar Reservoir to emergency vehicles only, in case there is a need for rapid evacuation of injured personnel. Fire personnel will drive a longer, alternate route around the fire to reduce risk exposure and mitigate the potential for accidents and serious injury.

Evacuations: There are currently NO evacuation notices in place for this fire.

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, Oregon State Police, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.