36 Pit Fire

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36 Pit Fire

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Approximate Location

45.196 latitude, -122.18 longitude

Incident Overview

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The Clackamas County Sheriff has lifted all evacuation notices. Several roads remain closed to the general public, but open to residents. Please call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-655-8224 or go to their web site at www.clackamas.us for more information. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has opened Highway 224 to residents and workers escorted by pilot cars. For updates related to the status of Highway 224, please contact ODOT at 503-539-8454 or go to tripcheck.com This will be the last Fire Update produced by the Washington Incident Management Team 2. The Type 3 team will assume command at 8:00 p.m. Friday, 9/26, and will release periodic updates as significant information becomes available. 503-630-1711 will remain as the fire information phone number. Facebook and Inciweb pages may only be update once per day.The fire was initially attacked by the US Forest Service, and Oregon Department of Forestry. Estacada Fire District 69 was dispatched to prepare defensible spaces around structures and to assist Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies with evacuations.
The Washington Incident Management Team 2 was called in to assume command of the fire on Monday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m. A Unified Command led by Incident Commander Russ Lane of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bruce Holloway of the Washington Incident Management Team 2, and Scott Magers of the Oregon State Fire Marshal Blue Team was established 9/15. Governor Kitzhaber declared a conflagration September 15th thereby allowing for the mobilization of structural protection task forces from throughout the State of Oregon. Due to the decreased threat to structures, the Oregon Fire Marshal Blue Team was demobilized at the end of the day shift 9/18/14.

Most of the fire growth occurred on Sunday, 9/14 and Monday, 9/15 burning on both sides of Highway 224. The fire is located mainly within the Mt. Hood National Forest along the stretch of the Clackamas River roughly between the South Fork of the Clackamas River at the northwest and Carter Bridge Campground at the southeast. A northwest and west portion of the fire also affects Bureau of Land Management and private lands. Due to a large wind event with winds from the east gusting to 40 mph, the fire did cross to the west side of the South Fork of the Clackamas River on 9/20. The fire spread up-slope and bumped up against the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road. Days before this wind event, fire managers had planned for the event and directed crews to "prep" the 45 Road/Hillockburn road by removing small understory trees and brush to ensure the road would be reinforced should the fire approach the road. Ground crews and aircraft have held the fire to the east of the 45 Road/Hillockburn Road.Fire suppression priorities are to hold the progression of the fire at the west and north flanks of the fire protecting property and natural resources. Hazards to firefighters include steep rocky terrain, rolling material, fire weakened trees, and powerlines. The public is urged to drive safely while firefighters work to suppress the 36 Pit Fire. The Timber Lake Job Corps Center is located approximately eight miles from the southeast perimeter of the fire. The Job Corps Center was without power but electrical power has been restored. The Center is not threatened by the fire. Students and staff are conducting their studies and duties normally. The Center remains accessible to residents and staff via a pilot car on Highway 224. Highway 224 is open only to residents and workers. A Fire Area Closure was issued which includes roads, trails, and some recreation sites along Highway 224. Please visit the Mt. Hood National Forest web site Fire Information Page for the Forest Closure Order and Closure Map. The Lazy Bend Campground remains closed as well as well as some recreation sites located below the confluence of the Roaring River and Clackamas River. Harriet Lake and recreation sites within the Olallie Lake Scenic Area remain open.The Clackamas County Sheriff has lifted all notices of evacuation on 9/24/14. Some road closures are still in effect. For more information related to evacuations, please go to the Clackamas County web site at: http://www.clackamas.us or call 503-655-8224. The 36 Pit Fire Information Center phone number is 503-630-1711. For Current Fire Status, Updates, and Announcements, please click on Announcements and Articles, or follow the Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook page (link provided at the right side of this page).

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 13th, 2014 approx. 03:00 PM
Location8 miles SE of Estacada along hwy. 224 and Clackamas River.
Incident CommanderIC USFS James Meinser And ODF Jeremy Zook
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel31
Size5,521 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 29th, 2014 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Heavy Timber, recently cut logging units, and decked timber

Significant Events

The was declared contained on October 29, 2014 by West Zone Fire Management Officer Mike Moore.

Highway 224 is open for local traffic only from 6 AM to 6 PM. Traffic is escorted by pilot vehicles. The closure is from just east of Promontory Park to mile post 36.

An area closure is in effect for Forest Service lands within the burn perimeter. Please go to Mt. Hood NF website for latest closure area map and order.


Planned Actions

Div-M/R and W/Y: Continue suppression related repairs and monitor unchecked fireline in the South Fork of the Clackamas River and the portion in Division Y off drop point 2 and below the 120 Rd.


An indirect containment strategy was agreed upon for the South Fork of the Clackamas River. Roads and natural features will be utilized to create firebreaks around the rim of the canyon. The breaks will be secured as weather allows.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Seasonal rains have helped contain the fire but some trees and brush could still be smoldering. Many dead standing trees pose danger to people, along with unstable slopes.

Unit Information

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Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
16400 Champion Way
Sandy, OR 97055

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