July 10, 2017 - Ana Fire 9 a.m. Update
SUMMER LAKE, Ore. – The Ana Fire grew to 3,200 acres Sunday and firefighters worked through the night establishing and reinforcing lines to minimize spread.
Late in the evening, Hwy. 31 was reopened to local traffic guided by pilot cars. It is likely the road will be closed intermittently as operations continue 75 miles northeast of Lakeview, Ore., in the Summer Lake area. Motorists should expect delays and using alternate routes is advisable.
A level 2 (Get Set) evacuation order is in place for the area two miles north and south of the community of Summer Lake along Hwy. 31 and all along Carlon Lane. If evacuations are ordered, law enforcement will go door to door in the affected areas.
In the early afternoon Sunday, winds carried the fire east across Hwy. 31 into a priority area of sage grouse habitat, adding another layer of complexity to the incident. Fire movement remains largely on Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management, Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands.
Crews and resources continue to work the entire perimeter, as variable winds shift the direction of the fire. The fire is moving through a broad range of rugged, rocky terrain, from lodgepole timber to sagebrush desert.
Hotshot crews and air support are focusing on the southern boundary of the fire to prevent it moving back into residential and agricultural areas. Burnout operations to slow the spread of the fire were successful at maintaining firelines west of Hwy. 31 in the Winter Fire (2002) burn scar.
An estimated 500 personnel were assigned to the incident this morning, with support from air tankers, helicopters, engines, and dozers, and additional resources are arriving constantly.
South Central Fire Management Partnership’s Type 3 Incident Management Team is transitioning the operation to a Type 2 Incident Management Team from Washington state, which will arrive today. Incident command is headquartered at the North Lake School in Silver Lake, Ore.
A total of three structures were lost Saturday night: An outbuilding, a barn and a hunting cabin. No additional structures have been damaged and resources have been dedicated to structural protection in areas at risk.
No measurable precipitation has been recorded in the fire area for July. Conditions are expected to remain dry, with winds increasing in the afternoon, making any spark a potential wildfire. Members of the public are asked to be extremely careful with any type of heat source, from power tools to vehicles to more traditional sources of fire, such as matches.
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the lands administered and protected by each agency.
Participating agencies include: Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Crater Lake National Park and state lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).
For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Sarah Saarloos with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at 541-219-0515 or email@example.com. Daily wildfire information, maps and social media links can be found at SCOFMP Blog: http://bit.ly/2sK5YHY