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Summit Springs Complex, Daily Information Update for Saturday, August 23, 2008
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3
Nancy Hirsch, Incident Commander  
Summit Springs Complex Daily Morning Information Update
For Saturday August 23, 2008
 
Firefighters have had several successful days building fire line and conducting mop-up activities on the Summit Springs Complex. Containment lines held on all three fires despite changing weather conditions. Incident Commander Nancy Hirsch complimented crews on their excellent safety record over the past week, and encouraged firefighters to continue aggressive but safe operations to bring these fires to conclusion.
 
Fire lines held on Green Ridge and Stevens Canyon Fires, with limited perimeter growth. Firefighters are continuing to patrol fire lines and conduct mop-up operations on both fires. The Green Ridge Fire remains a concern due to the potential for large burning material to escape the interior of the fire. Crews have begun using hand-held infrared devises to check for hot spots.
Decreased winds have helped firefighters stop the spread of the fire on the Summit Springs Fire. Crews are dealing with numerous spot fires on the north and east perimeters on this fire, and have responded to five hold–over fires. These small hold-over fires are lined and not expected to grow. Pockets of fuels in the interior of this fire also remain a concern for firefighters.
 
Firefighters will be dealing with hotter and drier weather on Saturday and Sunday. However, a cold front is expected to move into the area on Monday. Winds are not expected to hamper firefighting efforts this weekend.
 
The Incident Command Post was successfully moved to Sisters Rodeo Grounds on Friday. As a result of this move, the Fire Information Officehas a new information phone line. Please make a note of this new number, 541-549-1362.

For more information
The Fire Information Office phone number is 541-549-1362 and will be staffed 7 am to 7 pm.
 
Additional information is available on-line at the following sites:
 
Summit Springs Complex Fire Information Website: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1478/ and http://www.oregon.gov/odf/summitspringscomplex.shtml
 
Pacific NorthwestRegional 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: 1,963 acres
Location: 10 miles North of Sisters, OR
Containment: 35 percent
Cause: Lightning
Personnel: 896
Estimated Cost: $2,600,000 through Friday, August 22, 2008
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.