Fire Update August 31
Incident: Parish Cabin Wildfire
Incident Commander Brian Watts
August 31, 2012
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Crews continue to make good progress on the Parish Cabin Fire, located 12 miles northeast of Seneca, OR, near the intersection of Forest Roads 15 and 16, burning on Malheur National Forest lands.
Firefighters were able to construct new and hold existing containment lines throughout the day and evening on Thursday. A few spot fires located outside of the fireline were staffed and lined by crews during the day.
Increased smoke may be noticeable in the area as crews have a burnout operation planned for late afternoon and into the evening. The burnout operation is planned for the Dark Canyon area and will be used to tie containment lines together and create a firebreak.
For firefighter and public safety, an area closure has been enacted, and several Forest Service Roads will remain closed and road guards have been posted. The closures will include sections of Forest Roads 15 and 16, two major routes in the Logan Valley area. Closure maps with descriptions are available at Malheur National Forest Offices and also at http://inciweb.org/incident/3216/. For safety reasons, hunters are advised to remain clear of the area, and not plan hunts near the fire activity.
Drivers on US Highway 395, between John Day and Seneca, should be prepared for increased fire vehicle traffic. Please drive with caution, slow down on curves and use your headlights in this area.
Full suppression efforts are being implemented on this incident using direct and indirect methods while maintaining firefighter and public safety as the top priority.
5,793 Acres - Infrared Flight Information August 30, 10:26 pm
Unknown Cause - Under Investigation
Type 1 Crews - 3 Dozers - 5
Type 2 Crews -15 Engines - 29 Total - 699
Helicopters - 4 Water Tenders - 7
Overhead - 130 Camp Crews - 2
Continue to hold existing lines and maintain anchor point on the south flank Continue to construct line to the north along the east and west flanks incorporating existing roads and fire breaks. Patrol and respond to any spot fires.
Temperatures will be in the 80's on Friday, with winds from the west-southwest at 6-11mph, relative humidity between 10-15%.
Oregon Department of Forestry, Burns Paiute Tribe, Grant County