Monday, August 7, 2017

Devils Lake Fire update for Monday, August 7

Fire officials with Northwest Incident Management Team 6 this morning announced that a Type 4 management team has arrived to shadow Team 6 today and will be taking over command of the fire area at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Travis Baker of Bly Ranger District will lead this team.
Team 6 Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon thanked the community of Bly for its support and hospitality during the team’s stay here.  He also complimented the fire-affected land managers - the Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry – for their effective partnership and coordination.  Officials with both jurisdictions likewise emphasized that this joint cooperation will be extended to the Type 4 team as well.
About 170 fire staff are being demobilized today and received special thanks for their dedication, along with others who will stay for a few more days.  Remaining staff were cautioned to remain vigilant toward safety with an emphasis on driving and falling trees.
As for today’s weather, meteorologists assigned to the fire advised firefighters to be ready for change.  A Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon until 9 p.m. today with the potential for scattered afternoon thunderstorms and rain. Temperatures are expected in the mid 80s with relative humidity in the 20s with light winds.
Rehabilitation of hand and dozer lines will continue today, with water bars being placed to direct and minimize future potential water channeling. Crews also will follow up on possible hot spots detected last night by night shift’s use of infrared heat-sensing devices.
Fire information is being transferred Tuesday to the local Bly Ranger District. The phone line at 541-353-2427 will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 1702 acres
    75% on USFS-protected land
    25% on ODF-protected land
      Containment: 82%
Location: 5 miles southeast of Bly, Oregon
Cause: Lightning
Personnel: 487
   (264 Federal, 24 State (ODF), 199     
12 Crews
17 Engines
  3 Dozers
  9 Water tenders
1 Type 3 light helicopter
Fire Information:
541-353-2292 Monday only
541-353-2427 Tuesday forward

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