Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Fork Complex Update:   Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Contact:  Fire Information Office Phone: 1-866-347-0636        
FaceBook Page: South Fork Complex

 Current Status:
The South Fork Complex is currently managed by Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian J. Watts). The fire is 20 miles south of John Day.
Murderers Creek South Fire: There was no movement on the west flank yesterday; fixed wing aircraft (SEATS) also dropped retardant on the NW corner to prevent fire spread toward Jackass Creek; containment line established on SE flank.  Additional heavy equipment arrived today to help on the east flank.  Burnouts will continue along Road 2490 to establish containment lines.
Buck Fork Fire: Line prep continues for burnout on the SE corner along Deer Creek and on the NW corner along Davis Creek.
Closure:   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.
Estimated Acreage: 28,800 acres (infrared mapping)
Containment:  5 %
Cause: Lightning
Date Started: 7/31/2014
Total Personnel: 463
Fire Weather:
Transitional weather is expected in the next 24-36 hours with mostly sunny skies and drier air coming in from the west.  Northerly winds with gusts up to 10 mph. Slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms and gusty outflows winds.
Temperature: 85-98
Relative Humidity:<20%
Agencies and Cooperators:
Prineville BLM, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Malheur National Forest, Ochoco National Forest and Grant County.

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