Update for South Fork Complex August 9, 2014
The South Fork Complex is currently managed by Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian J. Watts, IC). Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the fires to Pacific Northwest Team 3 (Ed Lewis, IC) at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday August 10, 2014.
The Murderers Creek South and Buck Fork fires have now grown together. Firefighters made good progress yesterday. Containment lines on the upper west and east flanks are holding. The fire continues to slowly grow along the north and northeast sides of Aldrich Mountain. An afternoon spot fire was held to less than 4 acres when the fire jumped containment lines on the northwest corner. Crews on the ground were assisted by helicopter water drops and retardant from fixed wing Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs).
Dozer work and retardant drops from SEATs were utilized to strengthen the Road 512 (west of the South Fork of the John Day River) and pinch off the fire’s progression to the north. Retardant was used to assist firefighters on the east flank to limit spread of the fire as it approached Road 271. Brushing with crews and mechanized equipment continues along Indian Creek Road 6370. Firefighters have established anchor points on the southeast and southwest flanks and are building primary dozer containment lines along the southern perimeter. Retardant drops from SEATs are also being used to check the fire's spread to the south.
Fire managers continue to work with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to identify threatened structures and any needed evacuations. A Level 1 Evacuation remains in place for the area south of Highway 26, west of Road 21 (Fields Creek) and east of Road 42 (South Fork of the John Day River). A Level 1 Evacuation also remains in place for the area south of Deer Creek and east of the South Fork of the John Day River.
Evacuations are based on a Level 1-2-3 system often referred to as Ready-Set-Go, with Level 1 being the lowest. At Level 1, residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area and continue to monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs and livestock.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place and a Fire Closure is in effect for the entire South Fork Complex fire area . Visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4042/ for a complete copy of the closure.
A Fire Information Open House is planned in Dayville, OR on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to provide fire information and answer questions about the South Fork Complex. The open house will be held at the Community Hall on Highway 26 in Dayville.
Estimated Acreage: 60,020
Date Started: 7/31/2014
Containment: 25 percent
Total Personnel: 670