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July 15, 2014 PM

 

Waterman Complex – Mitchell, Oregon

 

Start Date

Cause

Total

Acres

Percent Containment

Dozers

Crews

Total

Personnel

7/11-12/2014

Lightning

2,360

0%

4

12

300

 

Location: Three fires near Mitchell, Service Creek, and Kimberly, Oregon.

 

Current situation: Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, assumed command of the Waterman Complex this evening. The incident command post is located at the Mitchell High School in Mitchell Oregon.

 

The Complex consists of three fires:

Bailey Butte Fire – 1,040 acres, 0% contained. The fire doubled in size today moving south onto the Ochoco National Forest. The Wheeler County Sheriff reduced the evacuation level back to a level 1 this evening at 6 pm on the West Branch Road area. Home owners have been advised to remain on alert. Highway 26 remains closed due to very active fire behavior and hazardous falling trees. Two developed campgrounds (Ochoco Divide and Wildwood), one trailhead (Cougar East), and one organization camp (Crystal Spring) have been evacuated.

 

Toney Butte Fire – 1,290 acres, 0% contained. The fire became very active on the west side at approximately 3 pm.

 

Junction Spring Fire– 30 acres, 0% contained. Engines were able to access the top of the fire to apply water directly holding the fire at 30 acres.

 

For more information on the Waterman Complex visit:

Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

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