Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
ACTIVE
Last Updated
18 mins, 51 secs ago
Fire Start
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 4:03 PM PDT
Incident #
2022-ORWWF-000400
Fuels
Timber
Dispatch Notes
Lightning caused, resources responded 8/30
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 10 hours ago

Incident Photo for the Double Creek 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All fire evacuations have been rescinded.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 still 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
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning, Natural
Date of Origin
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 5:00 PM PDT
Location
10 miles SE of Imnaha, Grizzly Ridge
Incident Commander
Mark Morales - Southeast Area Blue Team
Coordinates
45.428, -116.739

Current Situation

Total Personnel
451
Size (Acres)
159,813
Containment
89%
Estimated Containment
Monday, October 31, 2022 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)Tall Grass (2.5 feet)Short Grass (1 foot)

Narrative:Upper slopes and ridges are mixed size and density of conifer timber stands. Fuels are primarily timber litter with patchy to dense conifer understory with heavy surface concentrations. Open timber stands have a grass understory. The lower slopes and south aspects are primarily grass fuels with a shrub component and timber stringers.
Significant Events
Minimal
Flanking
Backing
Single Tree Torching

Narrative: Morning IR flights still indicate that there is still isolated pockets of heat within and along the edge of the fire perimeter. The most concentrated areas of heat are in the Deep, Cow and Rhodes Creek Drainages on the North side of the fire and around Morgan Ridge/Morgan Creek on the South Side of the fire. Poor to very poor humidity recoveries last night. 1,10,100 and 1000 hour fuel moistures decreased from yesterdays observations. Active burning again at the North end of the fire. Fire is actively backing and flanking in the grass fuel type northward into the drainages. Fire behavior includes creeping, backing, flanking and single tree torching.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Division Q: Cold trailing, mop-up and securing lines still occurring.

Division R: Suppression Repair

Division A/Z: Suppression Repair

DIV E/S: Monitor
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours:
Forecasted poor to very poor overnight humidity recovery and relatively warmer temperatures will limit overnight fuel moisture recovery. Potential for fire behavior to increase as early as mid morning tomorrow depending on time of inversion lifting and smoke clearing.

24 hours:
Warmer temperatures and low relative humidity's will begin to dry out surface fuels as early as mid morning. A longer period of elevated fire activity than previous operational periods is likely to present itself. Expected fire activity includes creeping, backing and potentially single tree torching.

48 hours:
Poor overnight humidity recovery's with afternoon warm temperatures and low relative humidity's will lead to increased fire behavior early in the operational period. Expected fire activity includes smoldering, creeping and backing. Heavy dry fuels will continue to retain heat until significant precipitation is received.

72 hours:
Slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity's will be returning to the area Wednesday/Thursday. Anticipate continued active fire activity and behavior with potential for fire spread primarily in the grass fuels as the fuels will take some time to recover from the last few days of drying. 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.

Anticipated after 72 hours:
Continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity's. Anticipate continued active fire activity and behavior with potential for fire spread primarily in the grass fuels as the fuels will take some time to recover from the last few days of drying. 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.
Remarks
Resources assigned to Double Creek, Nebo, Sturgill, Goat Mtn One, Goat Mtn Two fires are all being tracked on Double Creek Fire 209.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Under a ridge of high pressure, humidity recovery for the morning hours remained poor on the ridges, in the 30 to 39 percent range, with recovery in the 60 to 75 percent range at lower elevations. Afternoon temperatures warmed to the upper 70s and 80s on the ridges, and 83 to 95 in valleys. Afternoon humidity readings were in the 8 to 18 percent range. Ridge wind gusted into the 20 to 27 mph range during the morning.

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

541-963-7171

http://bmidc.org