Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Devils Lake Fire Update
August 3, 2017
The lightning-caused Devils Lake Fire grew to 1600 acres on Wednesday as it was pushed by winds from the north. It burned throughout the night and the night crew worked on a three-acre slop-over and three spot fires while laying hose and setting up pumps along portions of the western perimeter. A fourth spot fire was found outside of the northern fire perimeter.
According to today’s spot weather forecast from the National Weather Service in Medford, “Hot weather is expected today and Friday, with record breaking temperatures possible, especially today. The dry and unstable conditions produced by the extreme heat will bring critical fire weather conditions today with increased fire activity possible.”
There is a Red Flag Warning in effect today until 9 PM for a high degree of atmospheric instability which can lead to erratic fire behavior. Relative Humidity is predicted to drop to 10% today and 9% on Friday. The forecast calls for a high temperature today of 96-99 degrees.
There will be a community meeting at the Bly Fire Station on Friday evening at 6 PM.
Northwest Incident Management Team 6 took command of the fire at 8 PM on Wednesday and is collaborating with the Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Bly Ranger District and Oregon Department of Forestry’s Klamath District. The fire is located on public and private land.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 1600 acres
Location: 5 miles southeast of Bly, Oregon
3 Water tenders
2 Type 1 heavy helicopters
3 Type 2 medium helicopter
1 Type 3 light helicopter
(541) 554-5293 (Temporary)
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