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Black Crater Fire Conflagration Situation Report #1
OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL (OSFM) INCIDENT SITUATION REPORT
2102 hours 27 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 Requested by Deschutes County Fire Defense Board Chief Taylor Robertson.
 
LOCATION: Deschutes County Three Sisters Wilderness, 7 miles SW of Sisters.
 
SIZE: 350 acres
 
CAUSE: Lightning
 
STATUS: Fire behavior is extreme and is 0 percent contained and has a high growth potential in steep terrain.  The fire is expected to spread east towards private lands and well as south through standing dead and downed timber. Anticipate movement of 1 to 1 1/2 miles. Fire threatens private lands including timberlands, campgrounds and spotted owl habitat.
 
Observed fire behavior includes short upslope runs with some crown fire and individual tree torching visible from Sisters and Black Butte Ranch area and points along Highway 20.
 
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: Over 100 residences west of Sisters to Black Crater. A structure protection plan is established for the incident. The plan identifies 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 applies to 9 identified subdivisions in the Sisters area.
 
STRUCTURES THREATENED: Various outbuildings, Ponderosa Land and Cattle Company Property, Linfield College Cabin, Trout Creek Butte Lookout.
 
RESIDENCES EVACUATED: Crossroads subdivisions; Tollgate is on notice.
 
RESIDENCES LOST:  
 
OTHER STRUCTURES LOST:
 
INJURIES/FATALITIES: None known
 
SPECIAL CONDITIONS:  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
3
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
 
19
 
 
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
1
Support
Albany
Linn County Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Lebanon
 
19
 
 
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
 
 
Total task force participants for Black Crater Conflagration
 
73
 
 
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.
 
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
Steve Frazier
Hermiston
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**
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
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:
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