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Rebel Fire Update – August 17
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Approximate Location

44.009 latitude, -122.17 longitude

Incident Overview

Smoke hangs over the ridges near the Rebel Fire

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Fire Location: The Rebel Fire is located along the South Fork of the McKenzie River in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The Avenue Fire is located 2 miles south of the McKenzie River Ranger Station. The Box Canyon Fire is located approximately 6 miles south of the Rebel Fire.

Area, Road, and Trail Closures:

Fire History: The Rebel Fire was detected on August 4. The fire grew quickly beyond the capacity of the initial attack resources due to the dry forest conditions.

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

Current Status and Projected Operations

Rebel Fire: Crews continue to improve containment lines along Forest Service Road 19 and prepare for burning operations in order to keep the fire east of Forest Service Road 19 and protect values at risk.

Avenue Fire: Crews continue to work to confine the Avenue Fire with indirect containment lines and scout the area south of the fire for additional contingency lines.

Box Canyon Fire: Crews have completed lines around the entire perimeter of the Box Canyon Fire and it is now in patrol status.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 04th, 2017 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationSouth Fork McKenzie River/Rebel Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Incident CommanderChris Schulte

Current Situation

Total Personnel202
Size1,051 Acres
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved


Significant Events

Moderate fire activity, backing, creeping, group torching.


Planned Actions

Rebel Fire: Continue prep operations along FS Road 19 Scenic Byway to hold fire east of FS Road 19, keep fire within Three Sisters Wilderness.

Avenue Fire: Continue to improve contingency lines around structures. Scout for additional contingency lines south of the fire. Prep Forest Road 1993 for burnout.

Projected Incident Activity

Lower elevations slower to recover from good nighttime RH recoveries. Overall backing and creeping fires with increased fire behavior(isolated torching) after inversion lifts mid-day. Increased behavior earlier above 4500 feet. With afternoon and evening gusty winds and drier conditions on exposed ridgetops, fire growth continues into evening. Moderate smoke impacts to Oakridge in general with spikes of higher impacts during the peak of the burn period.


A major influx of people is expected in the area during the upcoming solar eclipse. Due to traffic concerns and the logistical ability to move crews to and from the incident during eclipse period, it is important to get new crews in by 8/18 to continue with operations to secure the Rebel and Avenue Fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Max temperatures in the 70s to lower 80s. Minimum humidity 25-35%. Generally West or terrain-driven wind with peak afternoon gusts up to 20 mph. A little warmer and drier Thursday with humidity to near 20% in some areas. Little change Friday, then a few degrees cooler Saturday. Primarily West to Northwest afternoon wind 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph.

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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