Warm Springs, OR — August 30, 2020
Update-Sunday August 30, 2020
For Immediate Release
Incident Commander: Eric Knerr, Northwest Team 7
Fire Information: 971-277-5075
Warm Springs, Oregon – This update is for the P-515 Fire and Lionshead Fire burning on the Warm Springs Reservation. Both fires are being managed for full suppression.
Current Situation: The P-515 Fire is 4,609 acres and 80% contained.Yesterday, mop up operations on the P-515 Fire continued with no spot fires observed outside of the perimeter.
The Lionshead Fire is now 6,611 acres and 20% contained. Throughout the afternoon and evening yesterday fire behavior was very active, testing fire lines, as anticipated, with wind gusts reaching 50 mph on Lionshead Peak. The fire crossed the established fire line near Camp Creek Butte, then made a run and spotted to the southeast. Crews along the southern flank were temporarily withdrawn as a safety precaution. The northern and eastern flanks remained secure during the wind event.
P-515 Fire: Mop up operations today will advance deeper into the burnt area, extinguishing smoldering fuels using water and hand tools.
Lionshead Fire: Firefighters along the southern flank are determining how to incorporate the fire’s spread from yesterday’s wind event. Operations to improve and secure existing lines on the other flanks of the fire will continue.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Winds will be light and variable in the morning, with afternoon gusts up to 17 mph in the Whitewater Valley and Ridgetop gusts of up to 14 mph. At the morning operations briefing Fire Behavior Analyst Steve Ziel warned firefighters, “Although yesterday’s wind event is behind us, today is not a day to drop your guard.” Unexpected flare-ups are possible, with very active fire behavior on wind exposed flatlands and slopes to the south.
Closures: Trout Lake Road at pavement end; Road B140 at Potter’s Pond; Road B210 and Road P-500. All trails south of Trout Lake, west of M-120 Metolious Bench, east of Mt. Jefferson, and north of J-195 will be closed to the public. Tenino Road (P-200) is closed to the public, with only fire personnel and residents are allowed.
Evacuations: There are currently no evacuation orders associated with the P-515 or Lionshead Fires.
COVID-19: Precautionary measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include daily temperature screenings, mandatory use of face coverings, social distancing, and implementing more virtual work. Public and firefighter safety are a top priority.Prevention Message: Let’s unite, not ignite!