Wildfire Incident Information
Terrain
Satellite
OSM
0% contained
Fire Status
CONTAINED
Last Updated
3 mins, 35 secs ago
Fire Start
Saturday, August 5, 2023 10:14 AM PDT
Incident #
2023-ORWIF-230327
Fuels
brush timber
Dispatch Notes
Contain: 10/10/2023 15:00
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Willamette National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 8 months ago

Crews are in the Initial Attack phase of the incident response. The fire is located on a 60%slope, within a thick stand of trees and old growth (HJ Andrews) experimental forest.

Challenges include steep, rugged terrain and a thick canopy on an east facing slope that is making access by both air and ground difficult. The fuel loading in the area is hindering suppression efforts significantly. The fires' fuel type is heavy timber with an extremely thick-canopied tree stand, all within an old growth experimental forest. Deep, thick timber litter/duff (3-5 ft.) with multiple scattered tree limbs/branches throughout the ground level consume the area. Thick brush and shrubs combined with severely overgrown grasses/weeds litter the ground floor. 

Crews have secured access to the fires edge by creating over a mile of escape/safety line, through dense underbrush but are having a hard time engaging due to the severity of the risks involved with the vegetation and safety.

Yesterday, the fire was most active on the north and northeast flanks. Helicopters dropped water on the fires' perimeter to slow advancement. As of yesterday evening, crews were able to create minimal handline on the bottom of the fire. The incident was most active between the hours 1pm and 5pm.

Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 8:24 PM UTC
Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lighting
Fire Discovered
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 5:14 PM UTC
Location
Willamette National Forest
Incident Commander
Joe Powell- USFS, Nevada Team 1
Danny Gallagher (Trainee)- USFS, Nevada Team I
Coordinates
44.222083333333, -122.14586111111

Current Situation

Total Personnel
66
Size
3 Acres
Containment
0%
Fuels Involved

Heavy Timber with extremely thick-canopied tree stands and all within old growth experimental forest. Deep, thick timber litter/duff (3-5 ft.) with multiple scattered tree limbs/branches throughout the ground level area. Thick brush and shrubs along with severely overgrown grasses/weeds litter the ground floor. 

Planned Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Continued movement east towards forest boundary and off of the Cane Bench

24 hours: Continued East and Northeast movement under the influence of elevated winds into the rim canyons along the edge of the bench

48 hours: Movement off the bench through the canyons and along cliff faces through available fuel.