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South Valley Fire

Unit Information

Central Oregon District - Oregon Department of Forestry
3501 East Third Street
P.O. Box 670
Prineville, OR 97754

This incident is no longer being updated.

The South Valley Fire was reported on Wednesday, August 1, burning in ponderosa pine, oak, and wheat, southwest of Dufur on Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands. ODF Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) assumed command of the fire the evening of August 3, entering Unified Command with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. With the threat to structures decreased, the State Fire Marshal's resources were subsequently demobilized. On Friday, August 10, with the 20,026-acre fire 100 percent contained, ODF IMT 2 transferred command of this fire back to the ODF Central Oregon District, The Dalles Unit.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 01st, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
Location7 miles SW of Dufur
Incident CommanderChris Cline
Coordinates45.418 latitude, -121.247 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel63
Size20,026 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 09th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short grass (1 foot)

Tall grass (2.5 feet)

Timber (grass and understory)

Fuel profile includes conifer timber stands of various size and condition, untreated harvest slash, and various age plantations with grass and shrubs.

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering, and creeping. Mainly smoldering fire in heavy fuels and duff; isolated creeping fire in unburned interior islands. ODF IMT 2 has met district mop-up standards. A local team has assumed command of the fire on Friday, August 10.


Planned Actions

The Type 4 Transition Team will continue to mop up secured fire lines and patrol fire perimeter and unburned islands for the district.

District mop-up standards.

Suppression repair activities will be focused on lands within the Central Oregon District, which are lands west of Hwy 197.

Mop up 100 feet from perimeter in grass fuels.

Mop up all spot fires 100%.

Mop up 300 feet from perimeter of dirty burn areas.

Mop up 150 feet around structures.

Spread back and 100% mop up berms along all control lines.

Complete felling of all snags and fire damaged trees a minimum of 300 feet for safety or have potential to cause spotting

outside of control lines.

Complete cleanup of unnecessary items along fire perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Warmer and drier conditions with average afternoon wind-speeds. No growth anticipated.

24 hours: Dry cold front moving in with gusty afternoon winds. No growth anticipated.

48 hours: No growth anticipated.

72 hours: No growth anticipated.

Anticipated after 72 hours: No growth anticipated.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Friday, August 10, for gusty winds. A change in the weather pattern began Thursday when the air mass becomes more unstable.

The combination of dry and unstable conditions, along with gusty winds, raises

fire weather concerns across the area.