Lionshead Fire Update
Friday, Oct. 16
REDMOND, Ore. – Cooperating weather has allowed fire crews to complete suppression repair work this week. Crews have worked with local agencies to complete road repair projects, hazard tree and rock fall removal, and to begin setting up a long-term repair plan. Fire managers will implement a plan to minimize the amount of damage to the landscape after the fire while ensuring public safety.
Fire crews and support personnel have been released to support other incidents, notably the ongoing large fires in California. Aerial resources have been reduced to best support the footprint of the fire. One helicopter will transition from the current team to work with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to monitor hot spots in the coming days.
Today marks the final day Northwest Incident Management Team 13 will manage the Lionshead Fire. Control of the fire will be returned to the local units – the Warm Springs Agency, the Willamette National Forest and the Mt. Hood National Forest. Each agency will work to manage their portion of the fire in the most effective and efficient method possible while coordinating resources with nearby agencies
Weather: This weekend will bring warm weather; however, fuels are not expected to ignite, and the fire is expected to maintain its current size. Trees and brush have met the season-ending criteria, leaving it unlikely that additional ignitions will occur around the Lionshead Fire perimeter.
Safety: Unpaved roads are muddy, particularly on the west side of the Cascade Crest. Rock falls and falling trees create potential hazards around the fire footprint. Use caution when traveling on newly opened roads, as unmarked hazards may exist.
This is the final daily update from the Lionshead Fire and the final day the Lionshead Fire Facebook page and Inciweb pages will be updated. The Lionshead Fire Public Information Line will no longer be answered but the voicemail will provide contact numbers for the new teams taking over the fire management. Information will be distributed from each of the cooperating agencies, and the fire will be managed by the local units. For more information, please visit:
Warm Springs Agency: https://warmsprings-nsn.gov/
Willamette National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/willamette
Mt. Hood National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood