News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: September 21st, 2015 11:03 AM
Fire activity should remain at low levels through the week under the influence of a stable and mostly dry W-SW flow aloft. Storm track stays just north of the region until the next potential rain producer moves onshore on Friday.
Initial-attack activity: Light with the normal dose of daily human-caused starts. Conditions are expected warm and dry today and tomorrow, so please continue to be vigilant with any activity that could start a fire.
> The Dry Gulch fire that started Saturday, Sept. 12, is now estimated at 17,823 acres and 85 percent containment. Management of the Dry Gulch fire transitioned from Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team 3 to a smaller, local Northeast Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team on Friday. Crews have been securing the fire line and mopping up hot spots along the fire’s northern perimeter. There will be some smoke visible in the interior of the fire in the coming days as weather warms and dries. Excavators are repairing the effects of fire suppression and water bars are being installed along dozer fire lines to divert water runoff along steep slopes.
> The Canyon Creek Complex south of John Day is now estimated at 110,442-acres and 95 percent contained. Current fire behavior: minimal with creeping and single tree torching. There are still 150 personnel staffing this fire. Updates now issued every other day.
> The National Creek Complex 10 miles SW of Diamond Lake is now estimated at 20,945 acres and is 90 percent contained. Minimal fire behavior with some smoldering. The Crater Lake National Park North Entrance road and the PCT trail remain open. The fire is currently staffed with 127 total personnel.