Cache Creek Fire Update September 1 9 Pm
Incident: Cache Creek Fire Wildfire
Cache Creek Fire Update
Oregon Incident Management Team 3 - Central Oregon
Incident Commander: Mark Rapp
For Immediate Release: September 1, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Fire Information Center: 541-432-0163
Inciweb Website: www.inciweb.org/incident/3202
Firefighters held and continued mop-up of the containment line in the Imnaha drainage. Along the southwest perimeter, a burnout operation occurred in upper Cherry Creek and near the Buckhorn view point to the Forest Service Road (FSR) 46. This operation consumed fuels between the main fire and strengthened established containment lines. This also provided protection to the Buckhorn Camp Ground. A large column of smoke was visible from Joseph but the fire stayed within containment lines. Portions of the fire to the north are being patrolled by air.
Resources in excess to the operational needs are being released and made available for other fire assignments.
Falling timber, rolling debris, and rocks in the fire area make the area unsafe for public activities. 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.
The Wallowa County Sheriff's Department (WCSD) plans to reopen the Lower Imnaha Road/Dug Bar Road (Forest Service Road 4260) Sunday morning. Citizens are asked to consider avoiding this area given the potential congestion from the continuing fire suppression traffic.
Location: Wallowa and Asotin Counties
Date Started: 08/20/12
Size: 72,800 acres
Percent Contained: 80%
Total Personnel: 615