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Brattain Fire

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Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

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Brattain Fire Daily Update September 23, 2020

Brattain Fire Wildfire
News – 9/23/2020


September 23, 2020 @ 9 AM

Please take a moment to read a joint message from Oregon/Washington BLM Director Barry Bushue and USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa in An Open Letter to Friends and Neighbors in the Pacific Northwest about Wildfires:


Active perimeter patrolling remained a priority, and work continued on contingency lines, hot spots and mopping up. Rehabilitation and repair planning continued. Graders worked on maintaining roads that access the fire to allow safe access for fire equipment. Gusty winds blew out of the southwest pushing 20-30 mph at times, but fire activity remained controlled. Engines and crews mopped up along firelines to extinguish hot spots. Fire behavior was minimal, providing welcome relief for incident personnel and resources.


Expect strong southwest winds today through the afternoon and evening with ridgeline winds around 20-30 miles an hour with gusts to 35 mph. These windy conditions will test fire lines, but personnel will be paying close attention to both current and forecasted conditions and watching for any increased activity close to firelines. Fire behavior is expected to remain minimal. Mop up and suppression repair/rehabilitation activities remain a top priority. Smoke will be visible from the northwest corner for a couple of more days, where there is heavy down and dead fuel loading that continues to burn. The incoming local incident management team takes command Friday morning, after shadowing today and tomorrow.


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Only one evacuation remains in place at this time. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation notice:

Level 1 (Ready) –Highway 21 from Red House Lane (north of Paisley) north to Forest Road 29, also known as Government Harvey.

Forest Closure:

From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.


The Brattain fire started on September 7, 2020 and is currently burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire but will soon transition to a smaller, more localized team. Firefighting crews continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule and are battling winds, extremely dry conditions and shortages of firefighting resources.

SIZE:  50,751 acres


CAUSE:  Human




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Highway 21 from Red House Lane (north of Paisley) north to Forest Road 29, also known as Government Harvey.

The Red Cross has closed the evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds.


Hwy 31 is open but anticipate heavy fire traffic. Avoid the area if possible.

Temporary Flight Restrictions are in effect. Avoid drone use and report drones to law enforcement.