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Nash Fire

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

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Cool Weather Helps Firefighting Efforts - September 9

Nash Fire Wildfire
News – 9/9/2017

Today we should see cool temperatures and high humidity, with a possibility of light showers in the morning and in the evening. In the afternoon, there could be increased west winds, but fire behavior, even with the winds, is predicted to be minimal to moderate.

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Approximately 407 personnel are assigned to the fires listed below. Resources include hand crews, helicopters, engines, dozers, water tenders, masticators, feller-bunchers, and chippers under the management of a Type 1 Incident Management Team.


The HORSE CREEK COMPLEX (29,157 combined acres) includes the Avenue Fire, located southeast of McKenzie Bridge, and the nearby Separation, Nash, Olallie Lookout, and Roney Fires. Highway 242 is closed between McKenzie Bridge and Sisters. Over the last few days, there has not been much fire activity on either the OLALLIE LOOKOUT FIRE (1,174 ac) or RONEY FIRE (3,135 ac). These fires will continue to be monitored by air and MODIS Thermal Satellite. The northern edge of the AVENUE FIRE (2,038 ac) is just south of Foley Hot Springs. With another day of moderate fire behavior, firefighters will continue utilizing opportunities to go direct on the fire in the Foley Hot Springs area where it is safe to do so. Firefighters finished the work they have been doing over the last couple of days clearing and thinning along Horse Creek and King Roads. Crews today will be tying in completed dozer lines with hand lines and improving existing lines to strengthen protection for McKenzie Bridge. Firefighters will be installing sprinkler systems on structures that are closest to the fire in the McKenzie Bridge area and will looking at the improving protection measures for Foley Hot Springs and Camp White Branch. Moderate fire behavior on the spot that is north of Hwy 242 on the SEPARATION FIRE (16,451 ac) allowed firefighters to put in a line from the FSR 2649 road to Hwy 242. This will help minimize the chances that the fire can move to the west. Crews today will be concentrating on opportunities to get a line in around the east side of the spot to hold it from moving towards Scott Lake. The main Separation Fire, south of Hwy 242, is expected to have minimal growth today.

Evacuation Levels were downgraded in the majority of upper McKenzie River Valley. Areas that had been on a Level 2 (Set) which included Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 have been changed to a Level 1 (Ready). In Zone 10 Foley Hot Springs and Camp Melakwa remain at a Level 3 (Go). Zones 1 and 2 are not under an evacuation advisory. Visit Lane County McKenzie Bridge Evacuation Information at: for details and map. Sign up for Lane County Emergency Alerts at or call the Joint Information Center for more information at 541-682-3977.

The NASH FIRE (6,359 ac) has burned almost to the edge of Nash Lake, and is approximately four miles from Elk Lake. The fire received a small amount of precipitation Thursday which combined with cloud cover and higher humidity has slowed its progress. Crews and heavy equipment are concentrating their work along the Cascade Lake Highway, removing dense fuels to create a fuel break to prepare to deal with the fire if it moves over the Cascade Crest. Firefighters will also be using aviation resources, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft as needed, when weather and smoke conditions allow, to slow the progress of the fire. Priorities for the Nash Fire include protecting structures in and around Elk and Lava Lakes, the infrastructure at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort and the watershed for the town of Bend. Due to the Nash Fire, the areas surrounding Elk Lake and Hosmer Lake in Deschutes County remain at Level 2 (Set) evacuation and the areas surrounding Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake are in in Level 1 (Ready) evacuation status. Sign up for Deschutes County emergency alerts at Contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 693-6911 or visit for more information.

Yesterday firefighters on the REBEL FIRE (7,706 ac) focused on removing trees that were weakened or knocked down by Thursday’s thunderstorm. Firefighters continue to be successful in holding the fire to the east of FSR 19 (Aufderheide Drive).

The BOX CANYON FIRE (27 ac) and PETE FIRE (51 ac) show minimal activity and are being monitored. Given complexity of the current wildfire situation, availability of firefighting resources, limited ability to utilize aircraft when smoke impacts visibility, and safety concerns for working in steep and remote terrain, firefighters are focused on protecting values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively.

Conditions can change rapidly. Be ready. Be alert. Act early!

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