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Fire Status
Last Updated
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Fire Start
Sunday, July 31, 2022 11:00 AM PDT
Incident #
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Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Willamette National Forest

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 2 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Potter Fire

The Potter Fire was reported at 9:00am, Sunday, July 31, 2022. It is near Potter Mountain on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. Its size was originally estimated at 60 acres, as of mid August it is about 500 acres. Fire crews are used burn out operations to safely bring fire to established fire lines. Mop up of hot spots along firelines is being completed and fire suppression repair has begun.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Sunday, July 31, 2022 9:00 AM PDT
Potter Mountain
Incident Commander
Tyson Albrecht
Incident Description
43.375, -122.343

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Sunday, October 30, 2022 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved
Closed Timber Litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Medium Logging Slash

Fuel model 10: Primary surface fuels are duff and litter, larger branch wood, and in some stands, grass and brush from previous fire activity.

Fuel model 8 contains mixed conifer with timber litter, duff, timber and understory.
Significant Events
isolated torching

Interior unburned islands continue to creep and back with occasional single tree torching.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Continue to patrol and secure fire activity that poses a threat to containment lines.

Continue fire suppression repair on alternate lines and road systems.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Poor overnight humidity recovery. Expect continued interior creeping and backing through the night.

24 hours: With strong winds and very dry humidity, expect unburned islands to pick up in intensity with single tree torching. Potential for some spotting across containment lines.

48 hours: With strong winds and very dry humidity, expect unburned islands to pick up in intensity with single tree torching. Potential for some spotting across containment lines.

72 hours: Backing of fire in unburned islands.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Continued backing of fire in interior unburned islands.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Ridgetop and gap winds increases to 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph overnight, while relative humidities remained around 20%. Cinnamon and Emigrant RAWS gusted up to 20 mph overnight, with much lighter winds in the deeper/protected valleys. Today winds have continued to increase across the aligned midslope valleys and ridgetop/gaps with localized gusts in the 20 to 30 mph range. Cinnamon has gusted to 28 mph and Emigrant to 27 mph, while relative humidity values have fallen into the single digits and lower teens. Temperatures are warming quickly into the 80s under mostly sunny skies this afternoon.

A Red Flag Warning continues until 10 AM Saturday for breezy east winds and critically low relative humidites, including very poor recoveries. Breezy ridgetop and gap winds will prevail overnight, but quickly decrease on by Saturday afternoon. Localized gusts 20 to 30 mph are possible, but winds decrease to 10 to 15 mph by evening, with much lighter winds in protected valleys. Much above normal temperatures continue with readings in the upper 80s to mid 90s. Very poor relative humidities are expected overnight and critically low again on Saturday, with moderately unstable conditions. Cooler temperatures, lighter terrain driven winds, and intervals of clouds are expected for Sunday into early next week, along with higher relative humidity values.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.potter@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-625-0687
Hours: M-S 8am-7pm
Fire Unit Information
Willamette National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Springfield, OR 97477

Dispatch Center Contact

Eugene Interagency Communication Center (OR-EIC)

Eugene, OR