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Whitewater Fire


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Approximate Location

44.707 latitude, -121.857 longitude

Incident Overview

Smoke from the Whitewater Fire is seen from a helicopter with Mt. Jefferson in the background

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Fire Location: The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and adjacent forest lands, approximately 13 miles east of Detroit, Oregon. The Little Devil Fire is located North of the Whitewater Fire

Area, Road, and Trail Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5420

Fire History: On July 23 smoke was reported in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness Area. Fire was actively burning approximately three miles east of the Whitewater Trailhead. The cause is a lightning strike from June. Pacific Northwest Team 2, a Type 1 Incident Management Team, took command of the Whitewater Fire, along with the Rebel, Avenue, and Box Canyon Fires on August 14 and the French Fire on August 15th.

Weather: Warmer and drier weather is expected for Thursday, leading to increased fire activity and smoke impacts.

Current Status and Projected Operations: The Whitewater fire is now approximately 6,716 acres, which includes the Little Devil Fire(approximately 76 acres). Crews are working to improve and hold existing containment lines. Crews will continue burning operations in order to eliminate unburned fuels. The Little Devil Fire is burning in extremely steep and rugged terrain, preventing ground crews from accessing the fire. It is being monitored closely and helicopters are using water drops to limit uncontrolled fire spread.

If you are interested in information about the Rebel Fire, follow this link: Rebel Fire

If you are interested in information about the French Fire, follow this link: French Fire

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 23rd, 2017 approx. 05:30 PM
LocationMount Jefferson Wilderness, Whitewater, Breitenbush & Woodpecker Crk. Drainages
Incident CommanderChris Schulte, PNW Team 2 Type 1 Incident Management Team
Incident DescriptionWhitewater Fire Is Actively Burning In The Mt Jefferson Wilderness.

Current Situation

Total Personnel540
Size6,716 Acres
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber, Timber(Litter and Understory), Light logging slash

Significant Events

Active, backing, creeping, group torching


Planned Actions

Continue burnout operations on the Southwest section of the fire. Prepare for burnout operations on the West and Northwest sections of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Warmer temperatures and lower RHs will bring increased fire activity, especially in exposed areas. Conditions will be favorable for ignition operations to secure containment lines.


The traffic on Santiam Pass and the high numbers of people coming into the general area for the eclipse will be a factor in getting resources to the fire. Total reported acres include the Little Devil fire(76 acres) which is also being managed under Whitewater.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Max temperatures generally in the 70s to lower 80s. Minimum humidity 28-38%. Northwest wind up to 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph, and up to 25 mph on ridgetops above 5000 feet. Slightly warmer and drier Thursday. Low-level inversion around 4500 feet Thursday morning. Continued mild and dry Friday, but a more pre-dominant West wind. Weak weather system moves through Friday night, resulting in a deeper marine layer and minimal to no nighttime inversions. Cooler Saturday with higher afternoon humidity.

Unit Information

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Suite D
Springfield, OR 97477

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Email: willamettewildfires2017@gmail.com
Phone: 541-719-8371
Hours: 8AM-7PM

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