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Brattain Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Tamara Schmidt
Email: 2020.brattain@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-947-6243
Hours: M-F 8-5 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

09/26/2020 Brattain Fire Daily Update-September 26, 2020
BRATTAIN FIRE UPDATE September 26, 2020 @ 12:00 PM Overview: A local incident management team took command of Brattain Fire yesterday and will be focusing.
News - 09/26/2020
Brattain Fire Map September 23, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

 Summary:

The Brattain fire started on September 7, 2020 and is currently burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire but a local Type 3 will take over incident operations on Friday, September 25. Firefighting crews are battling winds, extremely dry conditions and shortages of firefighting resources.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginMonday September 07th, 2020 approx. 10:38 PM
Location8 miles South of Paisley, Oregon
Incident CommanderS. Tacchini
Coordinates42.572 latitude, -120.558 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel235
Size50,951 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 27th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuels are extremely dry even with better humidity recoveries. The fire is burning in a variety of fuels from grass shrub at lower elevations to open Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer stands at higher elevations. Live fuel moistures are critically dry.

Significant Events

Active

Backing

Creeping

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to mop-up and patrol lines in all divisions. The Suppression repair group is working with the host unit to identify and prioritize the needed work and the resources and equipment needed to best accomplish this task.

Projected Incident Activity

36. Projected Incident Activity, Potential, Movement, Escalation, or Spread and influencing factors during the next operational period and in 12-, 24-, 48-, and 72-hour time frames:

36. Projected Incident Activity, Potential, Movement, Escalation, or Spread and influencing factors during the next operational period and in 12-, 24-, 48-, and 72-hour time frames:

12 hours: No significant weather expected. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will likely put a pause on fire activity.

24 hours: Cooler conditions with below normal temperatures expected as an upper trough remains over the Pacific Northwest. No precipitation is expected during this time period. Afternoon humidity of 25 to 35 percent is expected. Cooler but windy conditions will allow fuels to stay at critically dry levels. Fuels along the line and interior pockets will continue to burn out. No growth is expected.

48 hours: An upper ridge begins to move into the region late in the weekend and dominates the weather pattern through at least the end of next week. A return to hot and dry weather is forecast which will keep fuels at critically dry levels. Terrain driven winds are expected in the lower elevations with east to northeast winds possible over the ridges.

72 hours: The fire area will see the return of above normal temperatures along with dry conditions and afternoon humidity values in the low to mid teens. Terrain driven winds are expected in the lower elevations with east to northeast winds possible over the ridges. At this time, winds are not expected to be strong. A return to hot and dry weather is forecast which will keep fuels at critically dry levels.

Anticipated after 72 hours: The region will continue to see above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation based on seasonal norms. Fuels will remain at critically dry levels.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Another front will arrive over the fire area today. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will likely put a pause on fire activity. A long duration dry and very warm pattern returns Sunday into late next week. Strong gusty northeast winds and moderate locally poor recoveries will develop on the ridges Sunday night and Monday morning. Winds will lower Monday night but expect continued moderate to poor recoveries on area ridges and dry daytime humidities along with very warm temperatures across the area through late in the week.