Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Buzzard Complex Update

July 22, 2014     Fire Information West Zone: (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 - 85 percent
Cause and Date Started -Lightning 7/14/2014
Resources on the Fire - 20-person fire
crews: 20
Helicopters:  5
Engines:   41
Total Personnel: 960
Industrial Fire Precaution Level moves to level 3 Effective Wednesday, July 23, Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3 (IFPL), Partial Shutdown, will be implemented on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management Burns District, and the Emigrant Creek Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest. 
Under IFPL 3, personal and commercial woodcutters are prohibited from operating power saws.
Personal and commercial woodcutters are reminded of their responsibility to stay informed of current IFPLs and all restrictions that apply to activities conducted on public lands.
Fire danger is VERY HIGH and a regulated fire restriction is in effect for all public lands within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone.  Campfires are permitted only within designated campgrounds, and any driving or parking in areas not clear of all flammable materials – berm to berm – is prohibited.    Ignition of fireworks on all public land is always prohibited.
Visitors should use extreme caution when visiting public lands this time of year. For a map of the restricted use area, please visit the Burns District BLM office at 28910 Hwy 20 West in Hines.  For current wildfire information, go online to inciweb.nwcg.gov
Fire Information - A transfer of command will occur on Wednesday at 6 a.m. when the Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team (Greg Poncin) leaves and Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (Brian J. Watts) resumes management of the entire fire perimeter in both zones.
Night shift operations have been discontinued on the east zone and the spike camp set at Stray Dog Reservoir has closed.
The firefighters temporarily camped at Crowley returned to the Incident Command Post at Juntura Monday evening.
East zone crews continued to mop-up the 50-100 acre spot fire that occurred after strong winds pushed embers across containment lines yesterday afternoon. On the remainder of the fire crews continued to mop-up and patrol the fire perimeter.
Fire Weather - It rained over a majority of the fire on Monday, especially in the southeast corner.  Some areas received up to 2” of precipitation.
Scattered thunderstorms will bring potential for small areas of intense rain and gusty outflow wind.

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