Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3106 Pierce Parkway
Springfield, OR 97477
Middle Fork Ranger District
Hours: M - F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Staley and Tumble Bug 2 Fire Update
Saturday, September 2, 2017 8 a.m.
Fire information phone: 503-867-7705
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Start date: Aug. 9, 2017
Current Size: Staley is 2,234 acres; Tumble Bug 2 is 87 acres
Percent Containment: 69%
Location: Willamette National Forest
“We are meeting containment objectives and releasing resources to help combat other fires,” said Brian Goff, incident commander, Northwest IMT 9 which is managing the Staley Fire. Yesterday seven crews from the Staley and Tumble Bug 2 fires were released to assist in other areas.
Firefighters completed a line around both the Staley and Tumble Bug 2 fires. Today firefighters remaining on the Staley Fire will strengthen those lines by mopping-up inside the perimeter. Mop up on the Tumble Bug 2 fire is complete and the fire is being patrolled.
Today, a portion of the suppression resources are again prepared to respond to any new fires in the area. Yesterday firefighters and a helicopter assisted in the response to a new fire north of Oakridge. That small fire was quickly contained.
Preparations are being made for a transition Sunday evening from NWIIMT9 to NWIIMT12, the team managing the Jones Fire.
Weather and Smoke: This Labor Day weekend is hot and dry across southwestern Oregon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through Monday. In addition, the National Interagency Coordination Center has issued a Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory to inform firefighters of the extremely dry fuels and the possibility of intense burning in Southwest Oregon. Today, smoke is likely to linger in the valleys and the temperature on the Staley Fire could approach 90 degrees. Current and predicted smoke conditions are found at: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Area and Road Closures: A Forest Closure Order is still in effect for areas around the Staley and Tumble Bug 2 Fires for firefighter and public safety. The Willamette National Forest website at http://go.usa.gov/xRnz7 has details and current conditions.
Current fire information: See https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5512. An interactive map of fires in the Northwest is available at http://bit.ly/2rfv6JV.