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Watson Creek Fire

Unit Information

Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Lakeview, OR 97630

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The Watson Creek Fire is burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. It was discovered Wednesday, August 15th at 2:15 p.m. approximately 13 miles west of Paisley, Oregon. The fire is burning in a combination of timber, brush and logging slash of mixed conifers and contains significant dead materials.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday August 15th, 2018 approx. 02:15 PM
Location6 mi West of Paisley, OR
Incident CommanderSouth Central Oregon Interagency Fire IMT3 Leland Hunter
Coordinates42.65 latitude, -120.828 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel88
Size59,061 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 17th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, Brush, Heavy Logging Slash

Moderate density stands of mixed conifers containing significant dead material of all size classes. Surface fuels contain a significant heavy dead and down component from wide-spread insect mortality 10-20 years ago. Heavy dead fuels are a mix of standing and down material. Small, high elevation meadows are intermixed with timber fuels throughout the fire area.

Significant Events

Minimal, flanking, backing, isolated torching. Unburned interior islands continue to exhibit minimal to moderate fire activity.


Planned Actions

Continued full suppression operations, mop-up patrol using palm IRs, and suppression repair activities.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Main forest transportation routes directly impacted.

24 hours: Main forest transportation routes directly impacted.

48 hours: Main forest transportation routes directly impacted.

72 hours: Main forest transportation routes directly impacted.


In briefing with T4 team at 1900 today. Transfer of fire to local unit will occur 0700 Monday, 9/10. This is final 209 report.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Tonight will be cooler and more humid as a cold front moves in. No precipitation is expected. The front moves east of the incident Monday with cooler, more humid and breezier west winds. Expect conditions to become mmore stable and humid aloft with Haines falling to a 4.