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Bald Sisters Fire

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Bald Sisters Fire Update - Sept. 18, 2014
Bald Sisters Fire Update JOHN DAY, OR – Fire activity picked up yesterday on the Bald Sisters Fire with continuing warm temperatures and low relative humidity levels, along with some light and... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 18 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

44.391 latitude, -118.473 longitude

Incident Overview

Shows low-intensity burning of understory on 9-11-14.

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The fire continues to back down the northslope of the Wildcat Creek drainage, producing daily smoke and burning an additional 59 acres in the last week. Continued and gradual fire spread is expected, and lights remain light across the fire area. If the fire crosses Wildcat Creek, an upslope run is likely. A containment line and safety zones remain in place around the fire area, to allow fire crews to engage if conditions and fire behavior escalates. A total of 59 fire personnel are currently assigned to the incident, which is being monitored and patrolled on a daily basis. Official updates are being reported on a weekly basis by the local Prairie City Ranger District, which has resumed command of the incident.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSaturday August 02nd, 2014 approx. 09:22 PM
Location12 miles East of Prairie City, OR
Incident CommanderBrian Bishop
Incident DescriptionLighting Fire 12 Miles East Of Prairie City In Difficult Terrain On West Slope Of Baldy Mountain

Current Situation

Total Personnel51
Size2,345 Acres
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 15th, 2014 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Significant concentrations of beetle-killed timber surround the fire area.

Significant Events

Fire continues to burn in timber above 6,000 feet ASL.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Despite the increase in activity, the fire remained within the established containment lines. Crews will continue to improve those lines in preparation for operations should the fire threaten those areas.

Projected Incident Activity

Isolated heavy and sheltered areas of duff will continue to burn. Continuing and gradual down-slope fire spread is expected and smoke may be visible.

Remarks

Acreage based on 9/18/2014 IR flight.

It is anticipated there will be an increase in public presence due to the upcoming archery hunting season beginning at the end of August.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly sunny. Temperatures in the mid 70's. RH 18-23%. Winds light and variable, with gusts expected in the afternoon.

Unit Information

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Malheur National Forest (North)
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
P.O. Box 909
John Day, OR 97845

Incident Contacts

Malheur National Forest
Phone: 541-575-3000
Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30

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