Warm Springs, OR — October 13, 2020
Expected seasonal weather over the weekend has significantly aided fire suppression efforts. Increased moisture in the area led to no additional fire growth due to wet fuels. With the wet weather, fire crews are monitoring fire behavior to ensure existing control lines pose no risk of expanding.
Additional crews are continually working to remove hazard trees near roads and are repairing control lines to help the forest recover. Crews and equipment are being reassigned to other fires where additional resources are being requested. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs continues to utilize crews and equipment from the area, and will continue to do so after the Northwest Incident Management Team 13 demobilizes.
Cold and wet weather will continue through Tuesday evening, with the west side of the fire expecting rain totals of over an inch. The east side of the fire is expecting a half inch of moisture across the fire area. Winds will be gusty, which may blow down trees and cause rock fall in the area. Fire managers continue to stress the need for safety and heightened awareness of these hazards near fire closure areas.
Fire crews and other personnel remain focused on repairing suppression activity. “We’ve had great partnerships from the cooperating agencies and the firefighters to achieve our accomplishments during the past two weeks,” Incident Commander Brian Gales said.
Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 13 leadership expressed thanks to the crews, firefighters, and the public for their cooperation and understanding during the long fire season.
Weather: Weather on Tuesday will continue to be windy with morning precipitation. The precipitation will taper off Tuesday afternoon with a high pressure system setting up on Wednesday, bringing warmer and drier conditions.
Safety: Unpaved roads are muddy, particularly on the west side of the Cascade Crest. Avoid driving or parking on unpaved roads to in order to not get stuck in the muddy conditions. Rock falls and falling trees create potential hazards around the fire footprint.
Pacific Northwest IMT #13
Public Information Phone: 971-277-5075
Media Inquiries: 541-904-0542
Incident E-mail: [email protected]
Incident Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7049