Bridge 99 Fire Update for August 3, 2014
Incident: Bridge 99 Complex Wildfire
Sisters, OR – Transfer of command of the Bridge 99 Complex to a National Type II Incident Management Team (IMT), Oregon 2, is scheduled to take place at 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014. A number of factors led to a decision by Fire Management Officials to return to a Type II management organization. Benefits of this decision will include better capabilities to obtain specialized resources, such as Type I Interagency Hotshot Crews, aircraft, and specialized equipment. The location and terrain of the Castle Fire as well as the ongoing management of the Bridge 99 and Bear Butte 2 Fires constitute a need for these types of specialized resources.
Three fires are included in the Complex: the Castle Fire, Bridge 99 Fire, and the Bear Butte 2 Fire.
The overall containment of the Bridge 99 Fire and the Bear Butte 2 Fire remains at 95%. Containment of the Castle Fire is at 10%.
Fire crews worked hard yesterday to construct hand line on the south flank of the Castle Fire. Due to steep terrain and hazardous conditions, access to the north flank (downhill side) of the Castle Fire has been limited. Crews were aided by favorable weather conditions which kept fire behavior minimal. A Type I heavy helicopter continued to drop water on the fire yesterday. Fire crews are watching out for the possibility of rolling material which could ignite fuels on the hillside below the main fire. Primary objectives for today are to construct hand line along the east flank of the fire to prevent eastward movement of the fire.
Bridge 99 Fire and Bear Butte 2 Fire:
Secure fire line exists around the perimeter of the Bridge 99 Fire. Due to the location and terrain of the Bear Butte 2 Fire, a “confine” strategy is being used. This strategy will utilize natural barriers within the landscape to hamper spread of the fire. Contingency lines have been completed along the southern portion of Mt. Jefferson Wilderness to further secure the area. Both the Bridge 99 Fire and the Bear Butte 2 Fire will continue to be monitored by local resources. Repair work on fire lines is also being completed.
A Forest Closure Order (06-01-05-14-007) has been issued to provide for public and firefighter safety. In addition to the previous area closure (06-01-05-14-006), Monty Campground has been closed along with Jefferson County Road 64 (SW Montgomery Road) north of Perry South Campground. Perry South Campground remains open. The above closures will continually be assessed to determine if they remain appropriate to protect public health and safety.
For detailed information on the fire including maps, area, road and trail closure information, along with photos, please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3963/
Visitors to National Forest System lands are reminded that the fire season is upon us. Public Use Restrictions (PUR) are currently in effect on the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland. Effective as of July 25, 2014, open fires, including charcoal fires, are prohibited, except in designated campgrounds. More information on PUR’s can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices/?aid=24143