Monday, July 21, 2014

Buzzard Complex Update

Fire Information East Zone: (877) 681-3259(877) 681-3259
Fire Information West Zone: (541) 493-2105(541) 493-2105
Current Status -The Buzzard Complex is currently managed by Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian J. Watts) and the Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team (Greg Poncin).  The fires are located 45 SE of Burns, OR. 
Estimated Acreage - 395,747 Increase in acreage is due to better mapping.
Containment - 75 percent
Cause and Date Started - Lightning 7/14/2014
Resources on the Fire
20-person fire crews
:   37
Helicopters:   10
Engines:   50
Total Personnel:   1434
Closures - All roads into the fire area remain closed and the public is reminded that emergency fire restrictions have been implemented by the BLM and Forest Service on surrounding public land.
Plans for Today Mop-up and rehabilitation of resource damage caused by suppression activities.
A 50-100 acre spot fire was suppressed by air support and crews Sunday afternoon in the Mud Flat area in the East Zone.
Initial Attack Rapid Response Groups remains available at the Incident Command Post in Juntura and Crane in the event of any new fire starts.
Demobilization of resources no longer needed to achieve objectives are being reassigned.
Fire Weather - Scattered thunderstorms on Monday will leave narrow swaths of wetting rain across the Buzzard Complex west zone.  Strong thunderstorm outflows will be a concern.  More clouds than sun and higher humidity expected.
Other Fire Information - Agencies and Incident Command staff are working with Rangeland Fire Protection Associations, local ranchers and property owners to coordinate fire suppression activities on this large and complex fire. Specific firefighting tactics are being used to protect Sage Grouse habitat where feasible and practical.
160 firefighters are camped at Crowley to be closer to the fire and reduce driving time.
Potential fires in conjunction with the severe drought in Eastern Oregon are expected to continue to create hazardous conditions for property owners throughout the fire season.

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