Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Weather, Fire Behavior and Air Quality
A warmer and drier weather pattern will begin today and is expected to continue through Monday. While fire growth has mellowed for the past few days, firefighters are preparing for fire activity to pick up as the temperature rises and relative humidity levels drop. Air quality is likely to decline through the weekend as smoke drifts in from other large fires.
The Horse Creek Complex includes the Avenue Fire, burning three miles southeast of McKenzie Bridge, and the nearby wilderness fires Ollalie, Separation and Roney. Over the last few days, these fires have experienced minimal growth due to cooler temperatures. Firefighters will continue to hold and improve control lines placing priority on resource protection in the McKenzie Bridge area.
The Rebel Fire is burning in heavy timber and steep terrain along the South Fork of the McKenzie River. Firefighters continue to hold the fire east of FSR 19 (Aufderheide Drive), improve existing contingency lines and perform burnout operations as needed.
The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and Willamette NF land located approximately 13 miles east of Detroit. Crews will continue to maintain and improve existing control lines and mop-up from previous firing operations. If conditions are appropriate, crews may resume firing operations to reinforce private property protection and other values to the north, south and west of the fire.
The Little Devil Fire continues to burn eastward from its location 2 1⁄2 miles east of the Breitenbush Hot Springs and the Breitenbush summer homes. Fire managers will be keeping a close eye on the fire as temperatures warm this weekend. Construction and improvements will continue on indirect control lines between the fire and the Breitenbush area. Additional firing operations may occur if weather conditions are suitable.
Transfer of Command
The Pacific Northwest Team 2 Incident Management Team will transfer command of the suite of fires to the incoming Southwest Area Team 1 on Sunday at 6:00 a.m. The fires will continue to be managed at the Type 1 level, the highest level of incident management.
Expect increased fire traffic around fire camps. Rebel Base Camp will be located off of Aufderheide Drive three miles west of McKenzie Bridge; McCoy Base Camp will be off of OR-22 one mile east of Idanha; and the Incident Command Post will remain in place at the HooDoo Ski Area.
There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, August 29th to discuss the Rebel Fire and the Horse Creek Complex which includes the Avenue Fire. The meeting will be held at the Upper McKenzie Community Center at 54745 McKenzie River Drive in Blue River, Oregon at 6:00 p.m.