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Crane Fire

Unit Information

Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

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Mosaic burn near the control line at the north end of the fire in Division AlphaImage options: [ Full Size ]

Thank you to the Lake County Fairgrounds, Lakeview High School, Lakeview Fire Department and the entire Lake County community for hosting and housing Northwest Incident Management Team 12!

Firefighters are wrapping up suppression repairs as they continue making headway in containing the Crane Fire about 10 miles southeast of Lakeview, Oregon. A transfer of command to the Fremont-Winema National Forest will take place at 6 AM on Thursday, August 27.
The Fremont-Winema Forest Closure Order has been revised with a reduced closure area, effective 8/27/2020.
The revised closure notice and map are posted on the Closures page.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 16th, 2020 approx. 01:45 PM
Location10 miles SE of Lakeview, OR
Incident CommanderJeff Dimke
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates42.094 latitude, -120.269 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel443
Size2,993 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Fuels Involved

Timber and Brush

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, and smoldering. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the fire area. Outflow winds form the storms could increase fire

behavior with a slight chance of spotting near control lines.


Planned Actions

Mop-up and patrol will continue in Div-A, Div-B and Div-Z. Crews will hold mop-up control line around

the spot in Div-D. Repair work will also commence in all Divisions including chipping on the roads that were prepped to be contingency lines.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Expect the fire to stay within the control lines with continued slow clean up of areas of dirty burn and small unburned islands.

24 hours: Expect continued smoldering and creeping. In those areas of dirty burn there is some risk of flare up due to outflow boundary winds from forecasted slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

48 hours: Expect the fire to stay within the control lines with continued slow clean up of areas of dirty burn and small unburned islands.


Resource demobilization from the fire will begin tomorrow.

Part of the fire area and the lands south of the fire area are designated roadless areas. There are many natural resources at risk near the fire including wetlands and scab-lands. The area sees heavy

recreation use including camping, hiking and is well known for hunting opportunities.

The one reported illness was dehydration.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture from tropical storm Genevieve continued to move into the area today. The additional moisture helped to destabilize the atmosphere. In addition, a couple of weak disturbances moved through the region. One to the north this morning which resulted in a couple of thunderstorms and one to the south this afternoon which spawned a line of thunderstorms about 50 miles or so to the south of the Crane fire. Temperatures were from 75-80 across the high terrain with relative humidity 25-30 percent. At the lower end of the terrain temperatures were 85-90 with relative humidity 20-25 percent. Winds were SW 10 to 15 mph with gusts 20 to 25 mph.

Tomorrow the flow will remain southwest to west and turning

westerly through the day. Upper level moisture will remain over the region and will support one more day of thunderstorms. Otherwise

expect temperatures a few degrees warmer. Relative humidity will remain seasonally dry and remain in the 20-30 percent range. Winds

will become westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon.