Daily Update for 9-1-12
Incident: Waterfalls 2 Wildfire
Efforts by firefighters in the mop-up stage are starting to show good results. Most divisions have succeeded in progressing in at least 100 feet from the perimeter line, with some approaching their 300 foot standard. Today will be another good day to continue this process.
Weather conditions this operational period will assist crew members in finding remaining hot spots. Relative humidity is expected to be in the 10 - 20 percent range today. With temperatures approaching 80 degrees in the fire area, any smoldering patches should become active and produce visible smoke, making them easier to locate. These same weather components could also increase the amount of smoke and fire produced from the interior portion of the fire, which should have no effect on the outside perimeter line.
Aircraft remaining on this incident are still assisting with bucket drops where appropriate. They have also started the process of assisting crews in back haul of equipment from the field. Yesterday, they removed 3,000 pounds of cargo from two of the three spike camps, where firefighters have been camped out near the fireline. All spike camp crews will return to base camp by tomorrow night.
Since the Waterfalls 2 Fire ignited by lightning on August 4th, firefighters have had an excellent safety record with no significant fireline injuries. As operations continue to ramp down on the Waterfalls 2 Fire, the safety message of the day is: Don't become complacent in your tasks. Many of the accidents that happen on fires occur when crews feel the worst is over, and they don't have to pay as close attention to situational awareness.
Additional information is available on the fire website, www.inciweb.org/incident/3165.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 12,265 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 Jc, P500/P510 Jct (also known as the North Butte Junction), and the B-200/B-210/P500 Jct.
Location:22 miles West of Warm Springs
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