WILLAMINA CREEK FIRE UPDATE – August 20, 2015 10:49 a.m.

Special Message:

The Oregon Department of Forestry would like to urge everyone to be extremely careful with fire during this period of critical fire danger. Know the fire restrictions where you live and where you recreate and exercise extreme caution when you’re in the forest. Everyone has a role in preventing the next fire.

Current Situation:

The Willamina Creek fire started at approximately 5:00 pm on August 19 on land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire is currently estimated to be about 100 acres and is burning in heavy fuels on private and BLM timberland. Resources from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s West Oregon District were assisted last night by resources from Sheridan, Amity, West Valley, Dundee, Dayton and McMinnville. Two helicopters and 3 SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers) also assisted ground operations. Today crews will work to continue building line with bulldozers and by hand working towards building line around the fire’s perimeter.

Weather and Fire Behavior:

Today’s weather is predicted to be cooler with higher humidity than yesterday which fire managers hope will assist crews with making progress on the fire. The forecast calls for temperatures to be 74-81 degrees and 36-50% humidity today.

Fire Statistics

Location: approx. 9 miles north of Willamina, OR

Percent contained: 5%

Size: 100 acres (estimated)

Cause: under investigation

Start Date: 8/19/15

Wildland resources assigned to the fire include: 7 hand crews, 5 engines, 4 dozers, 16 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

Air resources: 1 Type 2 helicopter

Total personnel: 191

Evacuations and closures:

Four cabins along East Creek Road are under a Level 3 evacuation. Willamina Creek Road and East Creek Road are closed north of the junction with Coast Creek Road

Places to get information:

ODF Fire Blog – wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry

Twitter – twitter.com/ORDeptForestry

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