Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Nash Fire Update
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson
September 1, 2017 - 9:00 AM
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (NWIIMT8), Incident Commander, Doug Johnson, assumed management of the Nash Fire yesterday evening. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Sisters’ Rodeo Grounds, Sisters, Oregon. NWIIMT8 is also responsible for managing the Milli Fire.
The Nash Fire was started by lightning storm in late August. The fire is burning in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area along the crest of the Cascade Mountains on the Willamette National Forest. The fire has been monitored by air. The area became shrouded in smoke over the next several weeks and aerial flights could no longer see the perimeter. Infra-red detecting flights were conducted over the fire to estimate and monitor perimeter growth. The fire continues to grow eastward into the South Sister area. The fire size is estimated at 2,528 acres.
Fire managers are concerned the fire will progress downward out of the wilderness moving to the southeast using the vegetative timber stringers as fuel and push into the Elk Lake area. After evaluating values at risk, the decision was made to engage with direct and aerial, full suppression tactics on this fire where feasible. A Structure protection group is beginning triage of infrastructure in the Elk Lake area including the resort, 40 plus recreation residences, and the historic Forest Service Elk Lake Guard Station.
Closures and Use Restrictions:
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with fire managers, has placed a Level 2 (Set) evacuation notice for the areas surrounding the Elk Lake and Hosmer Lake including Elk Lake Resort, Elk Lake Guard Station, Elk Lake Campground(CG), Point CG, Mallard CG, Sunset View Day Use area, Beach Day Use Area, and Quinn Meadow’s Horse Camp and a Level 1 (Ready) evacuation notice for the areas surrounding Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake including Lava Lake Resort, Lava Lake CG, and Little Lava Lake CG. Current maps including the evacuation areas can be found at https://arcg.is/D9OPi
Air Quality: Air quality forecasted for the Bend and Sisters areas are in the Unhealthy Range “Orange” category. People within Sensitive Groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Those with smoke sensitivities should take appropriate precautions.
Fire Information Center: (541) 719-8135 Available 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.