Springfield, Ore. The rain that has been in the forecast for this weekend has arrived. The Incident Meteorologist has shared that many of the Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) were showing approximately 1.25” of rain as of 8:00 a.m.
With the rain falling over the fire, crews will continue patrolling for smokes near the fire lines. The safety message for today was to stay safe and not to become complacent with the weather overhead. Crews will continue back hauling equipment that is no longer needed on the fire line. This equipment will be refurbished and sent back to the fire caches. Crews are also prepared to provide help if the rainy conditions cause any complications. They have been preparing for this weather by clearing culverts and installing water diversion features, however, there is a lot of debris that could cause the culverts to become blocked. Crews will monitor these areas and act quickly if any issues arise. Fire camp assets such as the kitchen, showers, and laundry have been broken down and demobilized from the incident. As many have noticed, fire camp is like a small city. The camp is “built” to provide most of the services needed for firefighters. There are many sources of information to continue to monitor throughout the recovery and rehabilitation phases of this incident. Lane County Government will continue to be the source of information for residents and landowners who have been affected by the fire. Information can be found at: www.lanecounty.org/mckenziefire/ For information regarding Willamette National Forest, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/ Information on Bureau of Land Management closures can be found at: https://www.blm.gov/alert/fire-closures-and-fire-restrictions
For fire information inquiries, call (541) 357-9729 or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7170/.