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Summit Springs Complex - Daily Update for Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3
Nancy Hirsch, Incident Commander  
Summit Springs Complex Daily Morning Information Update
For Tuesday August 19, 2008
 
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of a complex of five wildfires burning on state-protected private land and federal forestlands on Monday afternoon. The fires, known as the Summit Springs Complex, range in size from a few trees to over 1200 acres. The fires are located over a large area between 10 and 20 miles north of Sisters Oregon.
First reported on Sunday evening after a series of lightning storms moved through the Central Oregon area, the fires are burning through a variety of timber types and grasslands. Resource management agencies are continuing to respond to numerous other small fires that could later be added to the complex.
The Summit Springs Fire is 100% lined and the Stevens Canyon Fire is 50% lined.  The Green Ridge Fire is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain and will require extensive helicopter support today.  The Black Butte Fire is less than an acre and not expected to grow any larger.
Favorable weather conditions forecast for Tuesday are expected to help firefighters establish and strengthen containment lines. Temperatures are expected to remain moderate with a high relative humidity throughout the day. Winds will remain moderate in the morning, expecting to pick up in the afternoon, presenting firefighters with challenges as fuels begin drying.
The Incident Management Team has established an Incident Command Post in Sisters. Current priorities include ensuring firefighter and public safety, acquiring adequate resources to manage the complex, and assessing strategy options for suppression efforts.

For More Information
For More Information: A fire information phone number will be available when the Incident Command Post is fully functional.  Until then, contact Jeri Chase, ODF, 503-945-7201, jchase@odf.state.or.us.
 
Additional information is available on-line at the following sites:
 
Summit Springs Complex fire information:http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1478/ or http://www.oregon.gov/odf
 
Pacific Northwest Regional fire information is available at http://www.nwccweb.us/index.asp
 
National Fire Information is available at http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info/nfn.htm

Fire-At-A-Glance
Size: 1350 acres
Location: 10 miles North of Sisters, OR
Containment: 10%
Cause: Lightning
Personnel: 200
Estimated Cost: in progress
Evacuations: None at present
Closures/Restrictions: A closure order for a portion of the Deschutes National Forest has been issued. Details are at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/
Announcements: None
Participating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service (Deschutes National Forest and Ochoco National Forest - Crooked River National Grassland), Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, and the Sheriffs' Departments from Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.