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Rebel Fire

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

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Willamette Wildfire Update - September 12

Rebel Fire Wildfire
News – 9/12/2017

Horse Creek Complex: Olallie Lookout Fire, 1,221 acres; Roney Fire, 3,161 acres; Avenue Fire, 2,038 acres; Separation Fire, 16,588 acres, Nash Fire, 6,409 acres; Rebel Fire, 7,992

Current Resources: Personnel, 401; Crews, 10; Helicopters, 2; Engines, 17; Dozers, 7; Water Tenders, 6; Masticators, 4, Skidgens, 4.

Current Situation: The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the fires Monday evening to assist local resources with the suppression of the fires burning in the Willamette National Forest.

The Nash Fire is still burning close to the edge of Nash Lake, and is approximately four miles from Elk Lake. It remains in the Three Sisters Wilderness of the Willamette National Forest. Crews and heavy equipment are concentrating their work along the Cascade Lake Highway, removing dense vegetation and thinning trees to create a fuel break in the event the fire moves southeasterly over the Cascade Crest.

Helicopters were able to fly on Monday as the smoke cleared improving visibility. They supported firefighters on the ground making bucket drops on the northern part of the Separation Fire that crossed over Highway 242. Crews will remain focused on this area today to prevent further fire spread.

The northern edge of the Avenue Fire is still just south of Foley Hot Springs. It is burning on the ridge tops south of Horse Creek and expected to move west. Firefighters continue to build containment line close to on the fire’s edge in the heavily timbered Foley Hot Springs area where they can safely do so. Crews will improve their control lines they have established from King Road west towards Cougar Reservoir, along with those between the hot springs and Camp White Branch along Hwy 242.

Firefighters on the Rebel Fire continue removing trees that have fallen over or are threatening Forest Road 19. There was minimal activity reported Monday on the Olallie Lookout Fire and the Roney Fire. These fires have shown minimal growth over the last few days and firefighters will continue to monitor them.

Evacuations: Much of the upper McKenzie River Valley, zones 3 through 9, remain under a Level 1 “Ready” status. In zone 10, Foley Hot Springs and Camp Melakwa remain at a Level 3 “Go” Evacuation Notice. Visit Lane County McKenzie Bridge Evacuation at http://bit.ly/2gPHzAn for details and map.

In Deschutes County, the areas surrounding Elk Lake and Hosmer Lake remain at Level 2 “Set” Evacuation Notice. The areas surrounding Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake are in a Level 1 “Ready” status. Contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for more information, (541) 693-6911 or www.deschutes.org/emergency.

Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fires. Pilots looking for more information on the TFR should go to http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The objective is to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operations. The public is reminded that it is illegal to operate drones within a TFR.

National Forest Closure Orders: Hunters and recreationists need to be aware of closures on the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests. For current closure information please go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/Willamette/alerts-notices or http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/Deschutes/alerts-notices.