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Whitewater Fire

Unit Information

Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

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Whitewater Fire Update – August 17

Whitewater Fire Wildfire
News – 8/17/2017

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Pacific Northwest Team 2, Type I Incident Management Team, is responding to multiple fires within the Willamette National Forest:

French Fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Detroit, Oregon in a rugged drainage. Fire personnel completed a section of defensible line south and west of the fire yesterday and continue to scout for contingency lines to the north. Roughly 60% of fire has sprinklers around it.

Whitewater Fire is actively burning near Whitewater Trailhead in Mount Jefferson Wilderness approximately 13 miles east of Detroit, Oregon. Yesterday, approximately 50 acres were burned in a tactical firing operation to remove vegetation between the fire and control line. Further firing operations are planned for today which will likely produce more smoke than has been seen in past several days.

Rebel Fire
is burning in timber along the south fork of the McKenzie River in steep, rugged terrain and yesterday showed a large smoke column. Today, crews continue fortifying containment lines along Forest Service Road 19, the Aufderheide Scenic Byway, using tactical firing operations and helicopter bucket drops.

Avenue Fire
is located two miles south of McKenzie River Ranger District office in difficult-to-access terrain. Crews continue to assess options for containing this fire using segments of the current road system, paired with constructed line.

Little Devil Fire
is located approximately two miles northwest of the Whitewater Fire and showed active burning yesterday. Helicopters provided water drops throughout the day and will continue today.

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Warmer, drier weather is expected today with highs up to 83. Current and expected weather will result in drying of fuels, with the potential of increased fire spread and smoke from the fires.

Fire Closures:
Area closures are in place with numerous trails, campgrounds, and roads closed. Many campgrounds and trails in the eclipse path of totality are closed due to fires. This includes access to Mount Jefferson and Jefferson Park. For current conditions and closure information please visit:

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage

1 ac.

Whitewater: 6,640 ac.

Rebel: 1051 ac.

Avenue: 14 ac.

Little Devil: 76 ac.

Reported Date (Cause)
French: August 10 (lightning)

Whitewater: July 23 (lightning)

Rebel: August 4 (unknown)

Avenue: August 11 (lightning)

Incident Commander: Chris Schulte, Pacific Northwest Team 2 Type 1 Incident Management Team

Resources on the Fires
2 crews, 1 water tender
14 crews, 8 helicopters, 11 engines, 10 water tenders, 7 Dozers.

Rebel and Avenue: 6 crews, 11 engines, 2 water tenders, 3 Dozers

Total Personnel
French: 50

Whitewater: 540

Rebel and Avenue: 202

Jurisdiction: Willamette National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry






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