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Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (IC Chris Cline) and Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team (IC John Ingrao) assumed fire suppression responsibility under a Unified Command for the three wildfires comprising the Government Flat Complex approximately 10 miles southwest of The Dalles, on Sunday, August 18, 2013. All three fires, Blackburn, Government Flat, and Wells, are lightning-caused fires detected on August 16.
On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green Team was demobilized from the complex. Their efforts helped support the local Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue in defending homes and property, with 142 personnel from 46 fire districts and departments representing twelve Oregon counties on the Government Flats Complex.
ODF IMT 3 began demobilization of resources on Monday, August 26, 2013, and a local fire management team assumed command on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 0700 hours, to continue mop-up and patrol of the fires in this complex.
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, with containment remaining at 90 percent, management of the portion of hte fire located on the Mt. Hood National Forest transferred to a U.S. Forest Service team. The portions of the fire on private, BLM, and City of The Dalles ownerships will continue to be patrolled by The Dalles Unit, Central Oregon District, Oregon Department of Forestry.
For inquiries about the fire area or road closures on the Mt. Hood National Forest, please contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Public Affairs Office at 503-668-1791. Ouestions specific to road and recreation closures may also be directed to the Barlow Ranger District at 541-467-2291 or the Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002.
Unless the situation changes, there will be no further news releases issued by ODF relating to this complex, nor any further information posted on this site.
The above summary and below incident data is effective from 0900 hours on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
|Date of Origin||Friday August 16th, 2013 approx. 07:30 AM|
|Location||10 miles southwest of The Dalles, OR|
|Incident Commander||Adam Barnes|
2. Timber (grass and understory). Grass and hardwoods are found on southern slopes and ridges. Conifer stringers of pine and fir are common in most drainages.
The Blackburn fire continues to smolder in areas. The fire isn't expected to move much due to increases in fuel moistures. However, drying winds could reveal hidden spot fires.
Demobilization of forces will be fully implemented at end of shift on September 3, 2013, and a USFS Type 3 transition team will take over on USFS lands on Wednesday, September, 4, 2013, @ 0600, thus ending the cost share agreement between ODF and USFS. ODF-protected lands will be mostly in a patrol status with one Type 2 crew and two engines performing rehabilitation work and retuning equipment to the local district.
Crews will continue to move in to the interior of the fire to seek out mop-up opportunities. Grid all spot fires outside of the main fire body. Limit impacts to all lands, structures, and protection of the City of The Dalles Watershed. Suppression repair has begun on the fire.
Landowner acres: BLM - 1,446; USFS - 2232; State - 7; City - 2603; Industrial - 3241; Other - 1825. Total of 11354 is 80 acres less than reported acreage, due to road acres that are not accounted for in the GIS ownership layer.