Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 4:36:37 AM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Golden Fire
Last Updated
Sunday, December 31, 2023 3:52 PM PST
(6 months ago)
Fire Reported
Saturday, July 22, 2023 1:55 PM PDT
(12 months ago)
Incident Type
16.1 miles NE of Klamath Falls, OR
Responsible Agency
Oregon Department of Forestry
Responsible Fire Unit
Klamath Unit
Or-981slast checked: 08/25/2023iqcs# 679872 | Contain: 08/09/23 1430
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Golden Fire is located approximately 9 miles north of Bonanza, OR. 

Last Updated
Thu, Aug 3, 2023 12:36 PM UTC
Incident Type
Fire Discovered
Sat, Jul 22, 2023 12:55 PM UTC
Bonanza, Oregon
Incident Commander
Matt Howard - ODF
Incident Description
42.334683333333, -121.40413333333
Total Personnel
2,137 Acres
Estimated Containment Date
Thu, Sep 7, 2023
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Brush (2 feet)

Dry, mixed conifer forest with mixed understory consisting of brush and grass. Pockets of dense stands
with significant fuel buildup beneath.

Significant Events

Transition from ODF Team 2 (Howard) to local Type 4 organization as of 8/1/23 at 0800. Last 209 submission from ODF Team 2. 

Planned Actions
Continue mop-up and repair work. Transition from ODF Team 2 (Howard) to Type 4 organization occurred at 0800 this morning.
Projected Incident Activity

48 hours: Thunderstorms expected to arrive Friday with the potential for gusty outflow winds and lightning.

12 hours: Fire activity expected to increase throughout the day as warm temps and low RH, along with northerly winds a concern. Single tree torching with spot fire development is likely.

12 hours: Low relative humidity and moderate temperatures will result in active fire behavior. With fine dead fuel moistures at 3

24 hours: Increased cloud cover and cooler temperatures will reduce the potential for fire spread on Friday. Northwest winds will limit most fire spread to backing along the western flank. Single tree torching may occur, but spotting should be minimal.

48 hours: Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity will significantly limit fire movement in fine dead fuels. Heavy fuels will continue to burn and will be the most likely source of fire spread. Spotting should be minimal. Winds will shift to out of the east shifting the primary direction of fire spread.

72 hours: Sunday will be the peak of the cooling trend with lower maximum temperatures and high relative humidity. This will suppress fire behavior substantially, though expect burning to persist in heavy fuels. Surface fire spread should be limited to creeping and smoldering activity. Expect wind to shift to out of the south changing the primary direction of fire spread.

72 hours: Fire growth will remain minimal through the weekend but will begin to increase Monday. Fire behavior will remain low and slow in surface fuels, but more heat will be present in heavy fuels. Winds will shift back out of the west.

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek ended the Conflagration Act on 7 /27 /23 for the Golden Fire. OSFM ended their delegations of authority from both Klamath County Fire District #5 and the County of Klamath. 
OSFM costs to date are $1,338,829. 
Dispatch Contact
Lakeview Interagency Dispatch Center | Lakeview, OR
Website: http://www.scofmp.org
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