Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Lakeview, OR 97630
Size: 5,874 acres Containment: 50% Personnel: 405
Start Date: July 8 Cause: Human Caused and Under Investigation
Fuel Type: Grass, Brush and Timber Location: Summer Lake, Oregon
This will be the final evening update unless significant fire activity occurs.
For the second consecutive day, minimal fire activity was observed on the entire fire perimeter. The change in acreage is due to more precise mapping.
TODAY’S OPERATIONS: Firefighters took advantage of these benign conditions to secure containment lines on the southern perimeter with the primary effort connecting completed fireline from Highway 31 to Forest Road 2901 along Winter Rim.
Crews continued patrol and mop up operations along the west, north and east flanks of the fire, extinguishing all burning woody debris that could threaten containment lines. Fire managers are also assessing repair work that will address the impact from fire suppression activities.
Unburned pockets of fuel with large downed logs continue burning well within the fire perimeter producing smoke that may be seen from the local communities, but pose no threat to fire containment.
Northwest Incident Management Team 12 under Incident Commander Richy Harrod is managing the wildfire in conjunction with local land management agencies. Team 12 is adjusting the number of resources to accommodate the current and expected workload, where excess resources are being reassigned to higher priority fires.
EVACUATIONS: The evacuation notification in place for the area along Highway 31 was reduced to Level 1 (get ready). This notice covers two miles north of Forest Road 2901 and extends two miles south of The Lodge at Summer Lake, as well as all of Ana Estates.
RESTRICTIONS: Highway 31 is open with flaggers managing through traffic during fire operations. Motorists should use extra care, expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
CLOSURES: Fremont Point Lookout was not affected, however, the Fremont-Winema National Forest has closed the site through August 1 to allow unrestricted suppression and recovery traffic in the area. Reservation holders will be notified and receive a refund.
SAFETY MESSAGE: With the potential for any heat source to ignite a wildfire, please be extremely careful when using power tools, firearms and vehicles as well as more traditional sources of fire, such as matches and lighters.