Warm Springs S-503 Fire Update July 1, 2021

Warm Springs, OR July 1, 2021

S-503 Fire Update
Warm Springs Fire Management, Incident Commander, Travis Moyer
July 1, 2021 – 9:00 AM

A Type-3 fire management organization lead by Incident Commander (IC) Travis Moyer is in command of the S-503 Fire. Fire Updates will be distributed once daily with additional information provided throughout the day via Facebook and the Inciweb website. The S-503 Fire is located in timber and grasses on the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and privately owned in-holdings protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. This fire is being managed as a full suppression fire.

Fire Information: (541) 553-2004 (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

E-mail: [email protected]

Information Websites:

Facebook page “CTWS – Fire Management”
Inciweb information on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7559
Oregon Smoke Information – http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Acreage: 6,822 (approximately 535 acres is private in-holdings protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry).

Containment: 98%

General Updates: The footprint of the S-503 Fire has changed slightly due to increased data collection on the ground from increased access to the area. Fire activity on this fire is minimal and activity is in mop up and monitor status. Firefighters and engine crews have been working on cooling hot spots and advancing into the interior of the fire’s containment line for several days now, to the provided mop-up standards to create a cold, black perimeter around the fire’s edge.

One of the main priorities of the team and firefighters is the safety of personnel that working, along with securing the fire line. The National Weather Service has declared an “Excessive Heat Warning” until Sunday. Firefighters are well informed with extra guidance for heat-related illnesses, watch-out situation metrics and cooling tents to care for the firefighters during the anticipated record temperatures. In the coming days as the temperature rises and with a dropping relative humidity, there is an increased potential for fire activity.

Firefighting resources are prepared to respond to new starts today on the Warm Springs Reservation and surrounding areas. Yesterday some personnel were diverted to a new start called the Rattlesnake Fire, and performed Initial Attack.

Weather: There is a red flag warning in effect due to the heat, low relative humidity and wind speeds gusting up to 25 mph for today until 2200 today, July 1st. There is also an Excessive Heat Warning in effect until 2000 on Sunday July 4th. Weather will be sunny and hot with temperatures near 97 degrees in the lower elevations.

Resources: Total: 2-type 2 hand crews, 1-camp crew, 1-heavy helicopter, 1-light helicopter, 4-engines, 1-dozer, 8-water tenders, and 7 overhead personnel.

Closures and Evacuations: Evacuation Levels have been lifted for Pine Grove as of 1800 or 6:00 pm on June 28th, 2021.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: For the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting the S-503 Fire, wildfires are a “No Drone Zone.” The Temporary Flight Restriction has been lifted.

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