Firefighters are making excellent progress on the Bear Butte Fire. They continue to mop up along perimeter. This helps prevent the fire from escaping or spotting across containment lines. Firefighter safety is a top consideration in determining mop up distance.
Management of wildland firefighting is a cooperative effort among local and regional public agencies. Distribution of firefighting resources is based on need and priority set at the national and regional levels. At the national level, the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies (Montana) regions are top priorities for fire resources right now.
At the regional level, the Northwest Multi-agency Coordinating Group (NW MAC) coordinates interagency wildfire management in Oregon and Washington. For several days this week, the Bear Butte Fire was the priority in the PNW. Now with the fire closer to containment, and several other new large fires in the region, regional fire managers have shuffled priorities and reassigned three hotshot crews, and some personnel and aircraft to other fires. Total personnel went from 530 to 415, and those numbers should continue to ramp down over the next several days.
Participating agencies are the USDA Forest Service; USDI Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service; Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.
This will be the last evening update for the Bear Butte Fire. Morning updates will continue.
Fire information phone: 541-523-1208
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Start date: Aug. 4, 2017 Current Size: 499 acres Percent Containment: 75%
Location: 20 miles northwest of Baker City, Oregon