Cache Creek Fire Update August 30 8am
Incident: Cache Creek Fire Wildfire
Cache Creek Fire Update
Oregon Incident Management Team 3 - Central Oregon
Incident Commander: Mark Rapp
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information Center: 541-432-0163
Inciweb Website: www.inciweb.org/incident/3202
The north end of the fire remains secure; this area will be patrolled by air and engines. Firefighters will work to improve and hold the Powerline Road, near the Imnaha River, on the southern portion of the fire. The goal is to hold the fire north of the Powerline Road. Firefighters are working to construct a line from Road 46 to Imnaha Road.
A total of ten helicopters, including another Type 1, will increase water delivery operations. To increase the efficiency of delivery air operations is moving the helibase closer. Conditions have provided the opportunity to put direct handline along a portion of the southwest perimeter allowing firefighters to reduce the number of acres burned. No large burnout operations are planned for today. Minor cleanup of unburned fuels to secure the Powerline road in the south may be completed.
The Wallowa County Sheriff's Department (WCSD) issued a closure on Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260). The closure begins at the junction of Fence Creek (six miles north of Imnaha) north to the Dug Bar Landing on the Snake River. The WCSD will be staffing the closure.
A Forest Area Closure remains in place on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. A map and description of the Forest Closure can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman or www.inciweb.org/incident/3202 A partial closure of Forest Service Road 46 remains in place. An alternate route is available to detour around the fire area. Road guards are staffing road blocks limiting public access into the fire area for both firefighter and public safety. The need for the closures will be assessed daily and removed as soon as possible.
Location: Wallowa and Asotin Counties
Date Started: 08/20/12
Size: 71,000 acres
Percent Contained: 45%
Total Personnel: 847