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Fire Status
Last Updated
18 mins, 26 secs ago
Fire Start
Monday, August 22, 2022 1:08 PM PDT
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Lightning caused, resources responded 8/22
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 11 hours, 21 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Sturgill Fire

The Sturgill fire is located in the North Minam Drainage burning in mixed conifer. Firefighters continue to implement strategies to protect adjacent private property and inholdings such as Red’s Horse Ranch, the Minam River Lodge, and along Lostine River Rd. Fire resources have begun constructing a shaded fuel break between Lostine and Bear Creek to prevent fire growth to the north.

Fire Evacuation - Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 10:00 AM

All fire evacuation levels have been rescinded

Road Closures remain in effect (open to residents only)

Current Road Closures:
o Lower Imnaha Rd & Dug Bar Rd Closed
o Upper Imnaha Rd closed
o Hat Point Rd closed
o Forest Service road and area closures remain in effect

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Lightning, Natural
Date of Origin
Monday, August 22, 2022 12:00 PM PDT
15 Miles SW of Enterprise, OR. Intersection of Minam and North Minam Rivers
Incident Commander
Mark Morales - Southeast Area Blue Team
Incident Description
Managed Wilderness Fire
45.284, -117.534

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Closed Timber Litter

Upper slopes and ridges are mixed size and density of high elevation conifer timber stands. Fuels are primarily timber litter with patchy to dense conifer understory and heavy surface concentrations. Open timber stands have a grass/shrub understory.
Significant Events
Single tree torching

Last nights IR flights indicated significant heat in the NW and SW corners of the fire. A slight increase in activity in the Bear Creek Drainage side of the fire was also indicated. Fire continues to spread to the N and NW through pockets of unburned fuel in the Chaparral Creek drainage (NW) near the Minam River. Fire continues to spread northward and downslope towards the Minam River near the Pole Creek drainage (SW) today as well. Smokes identified on the Bear Creek side of the fire are stationary and burning in the heavy fuels under the timber overstory. 1,10,100 and 1000 hour fuel moistures decreased from yesterdays observations. Observed fire activity would be best described as backing, flanking and isolated single tree torching.indicates a heat source in the SW portion of the fire near the Pole Creek drainage. Fire activity increased significantly today with active burning in the Chaparral (NW) and Pole Creek (SW) drainages. 1,10,100 and 1000 hour fuel moistures decreased from yesterdays observations and the 1, 10 and 100 hour fuel moistures lower than forecasted. Last observed fire activity would be best described as smoldering, backing and isolated single tree torching.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Fire will be patrolled by air if needed.

Suppression Repair
Projected Incident Activity
Forecasted poor overnight humidity and slightly cooler temperatures will limit overnight fuel moisture recovery and potential for nighttime burning in the heavier fuels is possible. Potential for fire behavior to increase as early as mid morning tomorrow depending on time of inversion lifting and smoke clearing.

24 hours: Warm temperatures and low relative humidity's will begin to dry out surface fuels as early as mid morning leading to a longer period of elevated fire activity than previous operational periods. Continued fire spread and activity is anticipated in the NW and SW portions of the fire by backing and flanking. Expected fire activity includes backing, flanking and single tree torching.

48 hours: Mostly cloudy skies with a chance of precipitation if forcasted leading to reduced fire spread and behavior. These conditions will most likely limit spread in the grass fuel types. Expected fire activity includes smoldering, creeping and backing. Heavy dry fuels will continue to retain heat until significant precipitation is received.

72 hours: Continued chance of rain, slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity's will persist through Thursday Night/Friday Morning. Anticipate reduced fire spread and behavior through the end of Friday's operational period on isolated portions of the fire.
Resources are being tracked on Double Creek Fire 209.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Record high temperatures in northeast Oregon meant the lower and middle 90s for areas under 3000ft elevation, while ridges warmed to the 75 to 85 degree range. Humidity on the ridges had a poor start to the day, in the 20 to 30 percent range, and afternoon humidity readings were 8 to 15 percent for all locations, with the lowest readings below 3000ft elevation. Wind on ridges gusted 20 to 28 mph at mid-day.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.doublecreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-216-4579
Hours: Daily 8 am - 8 pm
Fire Unit Information
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1550 Dewey Ave, Suite A
Baker City, OR 97814

Dispatch Center Contact

Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center (ORBMC)

La Grande, OR