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Black Crater Fire Conflagration Situation Report #4
OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL (OSFM) INCIDENT SITUATION REPORT
0730 hours 30 July 2006
Prepared by Donna Disch
 
OSFM REPORT -
TYPE OF INCIDENT:
Conflagration
 
INCIDENT NAME: Black Crater
 
DATE AND TIME FIRE STARTED: 23 July 2006 @ 1900
 
For Conflagration: DATE AND TIME CONFLAGRATION DECLARED: 27 July 2006 at 1545 hours by Governor Theodore Kulongoski and requested by Deschutes County Fire Defense Board Chief Taylor Robertson.
 
LOCATION: Deschutes County Three Sisters Wilderness, SW of Sisters.
 
SIZE: 5700 acres
 
CAUSE: Lightning
 
STATUS: The fire is 5 percent contained.  The Office of State Fire Marshal has deployed additional structural firefighting resources from Yamhill, Lincoln, Klamath and Clatsop counties; these join structural resources from Clackamas, Linn, Lane, Benton and Marion counties for a total of 9 teams sent for additional structural defense.  All nine teams from across the state join structural forces from Redmond, LaPine/Sunriver, Bend and Sisters/Cloverdale/Black Butte who provided initial structural protection. 
 
Structural teams from Marion, Clackamas and Multnomah counties remain on pre-alert.
 
Significant progress was made throughout the night from 29 July 2006 to 30 July 2006 as crews implemented a 6-mile perimeter burnout going 500 to 1,000 feet back.  Fire crews targeted the east-northeast section where the risk to structure is the greatest. 
 
For 30 July 2006 the focus is integrating with the national blue team. Oregon structural firefighters are supporting wildland crews holding the fire line and mopping up.
 
Wind is from the northwest with temperatures in the low 80’s.
 
Road and area closure prohibits public access on approximately 70,000 acres around the incident. The purpose of the closure is to protect public health and safety and provide for safe firefighting. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
 
Fire managers are protecting private property east of the fire perimeter and are maintaining and enforcing road and area closure for firefighter and public safety. Air operations will continue when air resources are available. They are keeping the public informed of the status of this highly visible fire.
 
RESIDENCES THREATENED: 600 residences currently threatened.  The Crossroads, Edgington and Tollgate residential subdivisions, and the Sisters/Cascade Meadows area.  There 175 residences at Crossroads, 29 at Edgington and 413 at Tollgate. 
 
A plan identified a fire perimeter trigger point for residents to receive notification for a possible evacuation and a second trigger point for residents to be asked to evacuate. The plan applied to 9 identified subdivisions in the Sisters area.
 
STRUCTURES THREATENED: Various outbuildings, the Whispering Pine Campground, the historic Trout Creek Butte Lookout.
 
RESIDENCES EVACUATED:  On the evening of 28 July 2006 Crossroads and Edgington subdivision were evacuated; from 128 residences in Crossroads and 29 homes in Edgington.  Tollgate remains under pre-evacuation notice.
 
The Greater Sisters Community Wildfire Protection Plan identified the structural vulnerable of the Crossroads subdivision as high to extreme for structural ignitability.
 
RESIDENCES LOST:  1 – The Linfield College Cabin was destroyed by fire the afternoon of 28 July 2006.  It was in an area with no fire protection.
 
OTHER STRUCTURES LOST:
 
COMMUNITY MEETINGS:  Community meetings are continuing daily – at 1000 hours and 1930 hours.  All are held at the Sisters High School with about 100 citizens participating in the morning meetings and 450 participating in the evening meetings.
 
INJURIES/FATALITIES: None known
 
SPECIAL CONDITIONS:  Governor Ted Kulongoski, Regional Forester Linda Goodman and State Forester Marvin Brown all visited on 29 July 2006.
 
Fire threatens private lands including timberlands, campgrounds and spotted owl habitat.
 
Limited access, dead standing timber and continuous downed fuels, continued hot and dry weather, minimal air resources. 
 
AGENCIES INVOLVED IN SUPPRESSION:
 
INCIDENT COMMANDER: --WILDLAND OR OTHER (STATE WHICH TYPE): Type 2 Northwest Oregon Incident Management Team: Joint letter of delegation with Oregon Department of Forestry as a signatory issued to IC Carl West on 26 July 2006.
 
STRUCTURAL INCIDENT COMMANDER:  Ted Kunze
 
COOPERATING AND ASSISTING AGENCIES: Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Forestry, City of Sisters, Deschutes County Sheriff, Sisters School District, Sisters/Camp Sherman/Black Butte fire districts.
 
OSFM RESOURCES –
Task Force/Strike Team
# of Personnel
# of Equipment
Fire Departments
Clackamas County Task Force #1
1
Support
Boring
Clackamas County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Lake Oswego
Clackamas County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Boring
Clackamas County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Clackamas
Clackamas County Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
Estacada
Clackamas County Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Sandy
Clackamas County Task Force #1
2
Command
Canby
 
20
 
 
Linn County Task Force #1
1
Command
Albany
Linn County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Albany
Linn County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Albany
Linn County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Sweet Home
Linn County Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
Tangent
Linn County Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Lebanon
 
18
 
 
Lane County Task Force #1
2
Command
Coberg
Lane County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Lane County
Lane County Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
Springfield Fire
Lane County Task Force #1
2
Type II Engine
South Lane County
Lane County Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Lane RFPD
Lane County Task Force #1
2
Type III Engine
McKenzie
 
16
 
 
Benton County Task Force #1
2
Command
Corvallis
Benton County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Alsea
Benton County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Corvallis
Benton County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Philomath
Benton County Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Corvallis
Benton County Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
Corvallis
 
19
 
 
Marion County Strike Team #1
1
Command
Salem
Marion County Strike Team #1
2
Tender
Hubbard
Marion County Strike Team #1
2
Tender
Stayton
Marion County Strike Team #1
2
Tender
Jefferson
Marion County Strike Team #1
2
Tender
Marion County
Marion County Strike Team #1
2
Tender
Silverton
Marion County Strike Team #1
1
Tender
Salem
Marion County Strike Team #1
1
Support
Marion County
Marion County Strike Team #1
1
Support
Salem
 
14
 
 
Yamhill County Strike Team #1
1
Command
Newberg
Yamhill County Strike Team #1
2
Type VI Engine
Lafayette
Yamhill County Strike Team #1
3
Type VI Engine
Newberg
Yamhill County Strike Team #1
2
Type VI Engine
Dayton
Yamhill County Strike Team #1
3
Type III Engine
Dundee
Yamhill County Strike Team #1
2
Type III Engine
McMinneville
 
13
 
 
Lincoln County Task Force #1
1
Command
Central Coast
Lincoln County Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
North Lincoln
Lincoln County Task Force #1
3
Type 1 Engine
Central Coast
Lincoln County Task Force #1
4
Type 1 Engine
Toledo
Lincoln County Task Force #1
3
Type 1 Engine
Depoe Bay
Lincoln County Task Force #1
4
Type III Engine
North Lincoln
 
17
 
 
Klamath County Task Force #1
1
Command
Harriman Fire
Klamath County Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
Klamath County 4
Klamath County Task Force #1
3
Type 2 Engine
Keno
Klamath County Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Klamath County 1
Klamath County Task Force #1
2
Tender
Crescent
 
13
 
 
Clatsop County Task Force #1
1
Command
Olney Waluski
Clatsop County Task Force #1
?
Type II Engine
Warrenton
Clatsop County Task Force #1
5
Type 1 Engine
Seaside
Clatsop County Task Force #1
3
Type 1 Engine
Knappa
Clatsop County Task Force #1
4
Type 1 Engine
Lewis & Clark
Clatsop County Task Force #1
2
Type 2 Tender
Gearhart
 
15
 
 
Marion County Task Force #1
(PRE-ALERT 29 July 2006@0945)
 
 
 
Clackamas County Task Force #1
(PRE-ALERT 29 July 2006@0950)
 
 
 
Multnomah County Task Force #1
(PRE-ALERT 29 July 2006@0950)
 
 
 
Total task force participants for Black Crater Conflagration
 
145
 
 
Task force: one task force leader with command vehicle, capability to refill own water tanks, three type I or II engines with off-pavement capability, one type III engine and one tender.
 
Initial Mutual Aid

Redmond
 
 
 
LaPine/Sunriver
 
 
 
Bend
 
 
 
Sisters/Cloverdale/Black Butte
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OSFM INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM: Green Team

Position
Name
Fire Service
Administrator
State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr
 
OSFM
Agency Representative
Chief Deputy Randy Simpson
OSFM
IC
Ted Kunze
Canby Fire
Deputy IC
John Ingrao
Clackamas
IIO
Colleen Olson
OSFM
Safety Officer
Marc Rogelstad
Boardman
Planning
Jim Whelan
Stanfield
Deputy Planning
Dennis Ross
Hillsboro
Resource Unit Leader
Paul Nees
OSFM
Logistics
Dave Fields/Glen Eisner
OSFM/Portland
Finance
Keith Brown
OSFM
Ops Chief
Dana Burwell
Springfield Fire & Rescue
Deputy Ops
Bruce Weimer
La Grande
Div/Grp Supervisors
Perry Palmer/Kevin Anderson/Ray Brunton/Wes Hively
Lebanon/Albany/Springfield/McKenzie
Communications Unit
Bruce Bjerke/Jim Taylor**
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue/Redmond
Communications Techs
Jeff Klupenger/Drew Holmes
Sisuslaw Valley/Redmond
** Communications Unit is made up of representatives from ARESMAT: Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Mutual Assistance Teams (MAT)
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
 
PRESS RELEASES:
29 July 2006: More evacuations in Black Crater Conflagration 
29 July 2006: State Fire Marshal doubles structural firefighters protection for Black Crater Conflagration
28 July 2006: Structural firefighters protect homes in Black Crater Conflagration near Sisters 
27 July 2006: Black Crater Fire near Sisters declared as Oregon's second conflagration
 
OTHER RESOURCES:
Oregon Department of Forestry
 http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/OPS/daily.shtml

Pacific Northwest Fire Situation Report (NW Interagency Coordination Center):
http://www.nwccweb.us/information/fire_info.asp