Government Flats Complex Fire Update - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 @ 9 A.m
Incident: Government Flats Complex Wildfire
Below is the final planned update for the Government Flats Complex.
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For future inquiries about the fire area on private, Bureau of Land Management, or City of The Dalles ownerships, please contact The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry at 541-296-4626.
For inquiries about the fire area or road closures on the Mt. Hood National Forest, please contact the Mt. Hood National Forest Public Affairs Office at 503-668-1791. Ouestions specific to road and recreation closures may also be directed to the Barlow Ranger District at 541-467-2291 or the Hood River Ranger District at 541-352-6002.
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Government Flats Complex
GOVERNMENT FLATS COMPLEX UPDATE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2013 @ 9 AM
Information: Oregon Department of Forestry – 541-296-4626
Mt. Hood National Forest – 503-668-1791
Today, containment of the Government Flats Fire Complex remains at 90 percent. Containment means a control line has been completed around the fire which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread. Areas on the northwest portion of the Blackburn Fire within the complex do not have containment lines firmly established yet. Significant mop-up work remains to be done in the heavier fuels on this area of the fire located on the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Isolated smokes may also continue to be visible in the interior of other areas of the Blackburn Fire away from the control lines.
A Type III Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team (IC Barnes) has been responsible for suppression and mop-up activities during the past week. This morning, management of the portion of the fire located on the Mt. Hood National Forest transferred to a US Forest Service Type III team. This team will be operating out of a new fire camp located at Toll Bridge Park in Parkdale.
The portions of the fire on private, Bureau of Land Management, and City of The Dalles ownerships will continue to be patrolled by The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Total complex acreage remains at 11,434 acres, of which 11,221 is within the Blackburn Fire.
An area closure remains within the fire perimeter itself as well as on some Forest Service roads, trails and facilities within the Mt Hood National Forest in the vicinity of the fire. Listings of the road, trail and campground area closures may be found at these web sites: Mt Hood National Forest Area Closure or http://inciweb.org/incident/maps/3662/. Outside of the closure area fire equipment traffic may be heavy near the western end of the Blackburn Fire. Please use caution if driving in these areas.
Many of the personnel assigned to the Government Flats Complex are being demobilized so they can be rested and made available to other wildfires. Activity at the incident command post at Wahtonka High School in The Dalles will be winding down today.