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White River

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Mt. Hood National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sandy, OR 97055

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Phone: 541-467-2291

Daily Update for August 30, 2020

White River Wildfire
News – 8/30/2020


Start Date:  8/17/2020

Approx. Size: 14,391 acres

Incident Commander: Noel Livingston, Pacific Northwest Team 3 and Ian Yocum, Office of State Fire Marshal Red Team

Total Personnel:
Resources on the Fire:
18 Crews 

19 Engines
7 Dozers

 9 Water Tenders

 9 Helicopters

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 10%

Cooperating Agencies:

Wasco Co. Sheriff

Wasco Co. Emergency Management


Approx. Distance:

14 miles from Maupin

 7  miles from Tygh Valley


Weather and Fire Behavior:  Temperatures and winds will moderate considerably today. Relative humidity is expected to be between the mid-teens and mid-twenties. Despite the cooler temperatures, extreme drought conditions still exist across the area. Fuels are very dry and the fire is moving quickly through the open grasses and fields.

Last 24 hours:  The east side of the fire saw significant fire activity both on the north and south corners, beginning early in the morning and continuing throughout the day. The fire followed the White River canyon, burning actively and making runs up and out of the canyon and spotting on the south side of the river. As the fire transitioned into the fine grasses it moved rapidly towards Juniper Flat where crews and engines worked to provide structure protection. Both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters were able to work the north and south sides of the fire, supporting crews on the ground with water and retardant. On the west side of the fire, crews continued to patrol and hold the containment lines on both the north and south edges. Overnight firefighters remained focused on structure protection and monitoring the progress of the fire in White River Canyon. Despite the challenging weather and fire behavior, there have been no structures damaged or lost.

Today’s Activities:  Firefighters will continue to provide structure protection on both the south and east portions of the fire while also assessing any threats to the values at risk, including residence. If conditions allow, both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters will be working along the fire perimeter.  On the west side of the fire crews will continue line construction, holding and improving containment around the perimeter. Fire managers will be evaluating options for controlling the fire on the south side of the White River corridor, while also continuing to support structure protection along side the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s team. 

Oregon State Fire Marshal: Yesterday, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Task Forces and our partners were busy protecting structures from fire that in some cases burned right up to the foundations. Firefighters were either able to extinguish the fire or guide it away from the homes. Local volunteer firefighters played a big role in protecting the community. Overnight and tomorrow firefighters will be out again working minimize this fire’s impact.

Evacuations:  Notices are available on the Wasco County Sheriff Facebook page ( and an interactive map can be found at

Wasco County residents are encouraged to register for Wasco County Citizen Alert at: All emergency information including evacuations will be distributed through the citizen alert system.

LEVEL 3 – GO  

All residences on Smock Road west of the intersection of Smock Road and Ayres Road to include all residences on Ayres Road and on Barber Lane and Barlow Road have now been placed on Level 3 GO Evacuation Notice.

Pine Grove and all of Juniper Flat area to Hwy 197


The area from Woodcock Rd to Driver Rd to the intersection of Smock and Ayres Rd to include Muller Rd.

Level 2 Get SET for the area east of HWY 197 to include Old Wapinita to include all of Oak Springs Rd to the Deschutes River


Sportsman's Park, Pine Hollow, Wamic, all of Tygh Valley to Pine Hollow, west side Hwy 197, to include the beginning of Badge Creek Rd, Fairgrounds Rd to the Intersection of Shadybrook and Fairgrounds Rd going east to Hwy 197, includes Davidson Grade Rd, Tygh valley Rd, Wamic Market Rd and Ross Road.

City of Maupin West side of the Deschutes to include all roads up to Old Wapinita/ HWY 197 intersection.

Area Closures:  Forest closure exists on the Mt. Hood National Forest. For updated forest closures associated with the White River Fire, including road, trail and recreation sites please check:





Fire Information: 541-604-8582