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Fire Status
Last Updated
8 mins, 45 secs ago
Fire Start
Thursday, August 25, 2022 5:19 PM PDT
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Lightning caused, resources responded 8/26
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 10 hours, 48 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Nebo Fire

Lightning storms came through the area on August 22 and 23. The Nebo Fire is located 21 Miles SE of Enterprise, OR. Near Mount Nebo. The fire is in the upper Lick Creek drainage and is burning in sub-alpine fir and grass. Pacific Northwest Team 2 took command of the fire on 09/03, and Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal joined in unified command on 09/04.

There are three lightning caused fires within the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The Nebo, Sturgill, and Goat Mountain 2 Fires are active and being managed to protect public and private infrastructure, while playing a natural role within designated Wilderness. In the Nebo fire, clean up from thinning and masticating will continue along Wallowa Mountain Loop Road (FSR 39).

The Wallowa County Sheriff's Office issued an updated evacuation notice for today (Tuesday, September 14, 2022) at 10:00 a.m.

All fire evacuations have been rescinded.

ROAD CLOSURES remain in effect. (Open to Residents Only)

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

Sheriff Joel Fish

Wallowa Whitman National Forest Temporary Area Closures: The Wallowa Whitman National Forest issued Temporary Area Closures for the Double Creek Fire, Nebo Fire, and Sturgill Fire (includes Goat Mountain 2 Fire) on Monday. Closure Orders and Maps are available on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest Fire Incident Updates page.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Lightning/ Natural
Date of Origin
Thursday, August 25, 2022 4:19 PM PDT
21 Miles SE of Enterprise, OR. Near Mount Nebo.
Incident Commander
Mark Morales - Southeast Area Blue Team
Incident Description
Managed Wilderness Fire
45.133, -117.11
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)Timber (Grass and Understory)

Narrative: 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
Minimal Flanking, creeping Backing
Sep 27, 202218:56:19 PM
Incident Status Summary (ICS-209)Incident:
Nebo Narrative:

Morning IR flights still indicate that there is still isolated pockets of heat within and along the edge of the fire perimeter. Poor to very poor humidity recoveries last night. 1,10,100 and 1000 hour fuel moistures decreased from yesterdays observations Several new smokes were observed with the fire perimeter, burning heavy fuels under timber overstory with limited fire spread in the grass fuel types. Fire behavior includes creeping, backing, and flanking

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Reopen 39 road. Continue to clean up/suppression repair along all lines. Continue chipping. Continue backhaul of excess equipment.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours:
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. Expected fire activity includes creeping, backing and flanking.

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.

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.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Friday night through Sunday expect clearer skies and mostly sunny days. This will allow the fuels to begin drying again and lead to increasing fire behavior starting Saturday. This should be of short duration as the burning period has been reduced significantly since the start of the incident. Fire spread and behavior is expected to be minimal to moderate in small isolated portions of the fire area.
Resources 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 humdity 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