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Fire Crews Gain Upper Hand on Watson Creek Fire, Forest Closures Shrink

The Watson Creek fire currently stands at 58,330 acres and is 85% contained. 596 personnel are assigned to the fire burning 6 miles southwest of Paisley.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 12:11 PM
Updated: Sep 1, 2018 1:35 PM

Updated 09/01/18 1:34 p.m.

The Watson Creek fire currently stands at 58,330 acres and is 85% contained. 596 personnel are assigned to the fire burning 6 miles southwest of Paisley.


PAISLEY, Ore. — Friday’s early morning infrared imagery showed a hot spot outside of fire lines near Mill Creek. “There was heat in the ground that hadn’t shown up yet as smoke or flame,” said Vince Grace, field operations chief for Team 6. “Our day crew was able to find it and dig it out. It was a good catch.”

Dangerous, damaged trees that are near roads and recreation areas or near crews working on mop-up are being cut and left in place where possible. Chipping of woody debris left along roadsides continues. Fire lines are being water-barred to prevent erosion. Structures that have been covered in protective wrap are being unwrapped. Sprinklers, hoses, and pumps are being removed. Fire officials have initiated use of low-level aerial infrared imagery of areas close to fire lines to detect hot spots.

Today, warmer and drier conditions are expected as a result of east winds of 5-10 mph with gusts of 15 to 20. The unburned areas within the fire perimeter will likely exhibit active burning, possibly producing more smoke than on Friday.

A review of evacuation levels is underway and a decision will be made and communicated today regarding future evacuation levels. As of this morning, the Lakeview Estates neighborhood remains under a Level 2 evacuation notice.

Evacuation levels have been reduced as well. See below for more information.

EVACUATIONS:

Level 3 "GO"  - (None)

Level 2 "Be Set" - (None)

Level 1 "Be Ready"  - Lakeview Estates neighborhood

Residents in the area should be aware of current conditions. If evacuations become necessary, it will be coordinated through the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and communicated through the Incident Management Team, SCOFMP and Fremont-Winema National Forest. It is recommended to always “Be Ready” when living near a fire-prone area.

ROAD & RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:

For more on National Forest and recreation site closures, see the latest closure documents here.

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