Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson
September 2, 2017 - 9:00 AM
Special Announcements: A Red Flag Warning (a critical weather condition is or could occur) has been issued for Central Oregon for hot, dry, unstable conditions. The situation is highly dynamic and changing. Forest visitors are reminded to “Know Before You Go”.
General Fire Information: 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 and Deschutes National Forests. Smokejumpers were initially deployed and worked to suppress the fire. The smokejumpers were removed due to high risk from very active fire behavior and steep difficult terrain. 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.
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 the fire with direct, indirect and aerial, full suppression tactics 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.September 2 Update: The Nash and Separation Fires grew together yesterday and current acreage is unknown. The fire continues to be active and a spot fire was detected on MODIS 1 mile from its southern most edge yesterday, near Nash Lake.Local residents, resort owners, emergency services and agencies met to discuss the management and future of the Nash Fire yesterday afternoon. Firefighters will continue triage and protection of infrastructure in the Elk Lake area. Reconnaissance of potential indirect and direct line construction is being evaluated at this time. The NWIIMT8 is moving forward creating a plan with their number one priority being public and firefighter safety.
Weather: A Red Flag Warning (a critical weather condition is or could occur) has been issued for Central Oregon for hot, dry, unstable conditions.
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. Information is available at: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.comand https://airnow.govIncident Management: NWIIMT8, with Doug Johnson, Incident Commander, is managing and supporting the firefighters of the Nash and Milli Fires. The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Sisters Rodeo Grounds in Sisters, Oregon.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
Trail closures are in place: Closed trails include: Wickiup Plains, South Sister/Devil’s Lake, Sisters Mirror Lake, Elk Lake, Crater Ditch, Broken top and PCT from Irish and Taylor Lake north to Olallie Lake. PCT Trail Angels will be at Cultus Lake to help hikers. Information can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/deschutes/alerts-notices