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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-Sept 27 (unchanged since 9/23)Image options: [ Full Size ]

 Summary:

The Brattain fire started on September 7, 2020 on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. Firefighting crews battled 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 Personnel147
Size50,951 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday September 29th, 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.

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:

12 hours: A warming trend starts over the Pacific Northwest. No precipitation is expected during this time period. Afternoon humidity of 20 to 30 percent is expected. Windy conditions will allow fuels to stay at critically dry levels. Fuels within interior pockets will continue to burn out. No growth is expected.

24 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. Low relative humidities are forecasted to be between 10-15%.

48 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.

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.

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.