Daily Update for 8-30-12
Incident: Waterfalls 2 Wildfire
Holding and mop up continue in all active divisions of the Waterfalls 2 Fire. Plantations along the eastern boundary of the fire are slowing progress a bit as crews work to fall snags ahead of mop up.
A small burnout occurred around Whitewater Meadows yesterday with another planned in that area for today. A small slop-over fire was quickly taken care of on the northern portion of the line.
All public trail, lake, and campground closures have been lifted as of 6 a.m. August 30th in time for many campers and hikers to enjoy their favorite spots over the Labor Day weekend. The area closure and road blocks on the Warm Springs Reservation remain in effect while heavy fire traffic continues. Drivers on Highway 26 in Warm Springs are cautioned to slow down and watch for fire traffic throughout the weekend.
Personnel assigned to the fire have dropped to 826 as more resources are released to assist at other incidents. Air support has been reduced to one heavy, one medium, and one light-lift helicopter. The Warm Springs Agency has two light-lift helicopters available to assist, if needed.
Fire Behavior should be relatively inactive, as calm winds are expected. West winds from 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph are forecasted. Temperatures are predicted to range from 68-73 degrees with humidity in the 30% range.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 12,194 acres
Warm Springs Area Closure:
From the B-100 Road crossing under the Marion Flats BPA powerline south and west to the southern and western reservation boundaries
Blockades located on Tribal land at Tenino/J-100 Jct, P500/P510 Jct (also known as the North Butte Junction), and the B-200/B-210/P500 Jct.
Location:5 miles NE of the summit of Mt. Jefferson