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French Fire

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Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

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The French Fire is burning in a steep chute on an east facing slope and is 60% surrounded by sprinklers.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Crews and heavy equipment have completed 99% of the indirect contingency lines around the 2 acre French Fire. There was no visible smoke as of August 22, but sprinkler operations will remain in place until aerial IR results confirm that all hot spots have been extinguished. This will be the last update on this page unless new significant activity occurs. For additional information about the French Fire and other fires in the area, please visit the Whitewater Fire Inciweb page at this link: Whitewater Fire

Fire Location: The French Fire is located approximately 1 mile northwest of Detroit, Oregon.

Area, Road, and Trail Closures:

Fire History: On August 10, a lightning strike ignited the French Fire near Detroit, OR. Pacific Northwest Team 2, a Type 1 Incident Management Team took command of the French Fire on August 15. Pacific Northwest Team 2 was already managing the Whitewater Fire, Rebel, Avenue, and Box Canyon Fires as well.

For information about the Whitewater Fire, follow this link: Whitewater Fire

For information about the Rebel Fire follow this link: Rebel Fire

For information about the Horse Creek Complex, follow this link: Horse Creek Complex

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 10th, 2017 approx. 06:30 PM
Location1 mile Northwest of Detroit
Incident CommanderChris Schulte, PNW Team 2 Type 1 Incident Management Team
Coordinates44.749 latitude, -122.17 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel18
Size2 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Closed Timber Litter, Timber, Light Logging Slash

Significant Events




Planned Actions

Fire is in monitor status.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal growth anticipated due to forecasted weather conditions and continued checking operations.


FLIR and IR have not picked up any heat in the fire. This will be the final 209 and the fire will remain in monitor status.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Max temperatures in the 70s. Minimum humidity 40 to 50 percent. Southwest to West afternoon wind 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph exposed ridges. Cloudy through early afternoon Thursday with areas of drizzle or light showers, then partly sunny. Highs 65 to 75. Minimum humidity 45% lowest elevations to 65% ridges. Warmer Friday with max temperatures 70 to 80 and minimum humidity 25 to 35 percent. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph with afternoon gusts to 20 mph. Several degrees warmer Saturday with highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s. Minimum humidity 15 to 25 percent. Poor nighttime recovery slopes and ridges. East wind to 10 mph Saturday morning, shifting to Northwest to North in the afternoon.

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