Saturday, July 19, 2014

Buzzard Complex FIRE UPDATE

Buzzard Complex
July 19, 2014
8:00 a.m.


Fire Information: (541) 493-2105(541) 493-2105
Communicate with Operations 24/7 at (541) 493 2129(541) 493 2129
Current Status:
The Buzzard Complex is currently managed by Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian J. Watts).
The fires are located 45 SE of Burns, OR.
Estimated Acreage:         368,961
Containment:    20 percent
Cause and Date Started:               Lightning 7/14/2014
Resources on the Fire:
20-person fire crews: 34
Helicopters:  5
Engines:   52    
Total Personnel: 1211
Highway 78 is open.  Active fire and large equipment remain in the area.  Roads may be closed intermittently due to smoke.  Please drive with caution and with lights on.  A Temporary Flight Restriction exists over the complex.  Residents in the Crowley Riverside Road are under a Level 1 [Get Ready] evacuation notice.
Plans for Today:
Strengthen containment of north, west and south flanks.
Continue direct and indirect line construction on east flank.
Protect unburned interior islands for grazing. 
Work with the local unit on a plan to repair fencing cut due to fire activity and dozer lines.
Fire Weather:
A dry air mass will remain in place supporting low humidity and moderate wind.
Other Fire Information:
An inversion formed over the fire area on Friday reducing fire behavior and perimeter growth.  Fire growth reported today is due to more accurate mapping.  Resources made good progress on constructing containment lines on the east flank.  Fire activity resulted in an unknown number of livestock being fatally injured.
Interesting Facts:
The fire perimeter is over 380 miles equivalent to drive from Burns OR to Olympia WA.

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