Terwilliger Fire Update -- Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Release Date: Sep 11, 2018  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 8:00AM

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6160/

Email: terwilligerfireinfo@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willamettewildfires/

Public Information Phone: (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: 10,948 acres Containment: 66% Personnel: 575

Current Status: Moderate to low intensity fire continues to move slowly east into the Three Sisters Wilderness. Fire crews monitored fire activity from the air and ground. Helicopters dropped water along the East Fork of the South Fork of the McKenzie River, south of FS 1993, to cool hot spots and slow the fire’s spread. Removal of logs from the northwest side of the fire was completed and chipping operations continued along the southern sections of the fire.

Planned Actions: Fire crews will continue to patrol, monitor the fire perimeter, and mop up hot spots where fire suppression activities have occurred. Hazard trees that threaten the fire line are being removed. Chipping operations will be completed at the southern end of the fire and crews will grid or search the line for hot spots. Helicopters will be available for observation and bucket work as needed. Crews are returning excess equipment to the fire camp. Today is a transition/shadow day between outgoing Northern Rockies Team 4 and incoming Northwest Team 8. Team counterparts will spend the day working together and transferring knowledge on all aspects of the fire situation.

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 has been limited to morning and evening limited use to and from the fire line

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.

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

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 Volunteer 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.