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McLean Creek Conflagration Situation Report #4
OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL (OSFM) INCIDENT SITUATION REPORT
1800 hours 28 July 2006
Prepared by Donna Disch
 
OSFM REPORT
TYPE OF INCIDENT:
Conflagration
 
INCIDENT NAME: McLean Creek Fire/Foster Gulch Complex
 
DATE AND TIME FIRE STARTED: 23 July 2006, 1900
 
For Conflagration: DATE AND TIME CONFLAGRATION DECLARED: 24 July 2006 at 2010 hours Requested by Baker County Commission Chair Fred Warner Jr., County Emergency Manager Mark Bennett and Fire Defense Board Chief Buzz Harper.
 
LOCATION: Eastern Baker County, 6 miles southeast of Halfway, Oregon.  Fire is threatening the communities of Oxbow, Homestead, and Pine Creek. The fire is moving north towards Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.
 
SIZE: 34,487 acres.  On 28 July 2006 the two fires grew together between Highway 86 and Brownlee Reservoir. 
 
 On 26 July 2006 The McLean Creek fire was managed as part of the Foster Gulch Complex of 8,900 acres at the time the complex consists of two fires: Foster Gulch Fire at 5100 acres and the McLean Creek Fire of 3800 acres.
 
On 25 July 2006 size was estimated to be 5000 acres.  
 
CAUSE: Lightning
 
STATUS: On 28 July 2006 the fire is reported as 20 percent contained.  Malheur, Union and Central Oregon structural task forces have been demobilized.  They are leaving the fire and are returning to their home districts. 
 
Fire is under unified command between the USFS and OSFM.  Highway 86 is closed from forest road 39 to Oxbow. The river road is closed north of Oxbow. 
 
Structure protection is in place along Highway 86 at the community of Oxbow. The night of 26 July 2006 USFS and structural crews worked together on a burnout designed to remove the structural risk to burn the fuels threatening structures before the fire reaches them. Firefighters are careful to gauge temperature, humidity and wind conditions.
 
On 26 July 2006 the fire burned actively all day developing two large thermal columns in the afternoon and potential for fire to create its own weather dynamics.
 
The fire originated on US Forest Service land.
 
RESIDENCES THREATENED: 90 homes in the community of Pine Creek, Oxbow and Homestead.
 
STRUCTURES THREATENED: No other structures threatened
 
RESIDENCES EVACUATED: Voluntary evacuation remains in place for Highway 86 from forest road 39 to and including the community of Oxbow.
 
RESIDENCES LOST:  
 
OTHER STRUCTURES LOST:
 
INJURIES/FATALITIES: None known
 
SPECIAL CONDITIONS:  Fire conditions include high temperatures with low humidity and fine flashy fuels on steep ground, structure protection, and major power transmission infrastructure within fire perimeter. Fuels include timber, forage, private property, cultural resources, 230KV power transmission lines, communications site, wilderness, and wilderness study area.
 
AGENCIES INVOLVED IN SUPPRESSION:
 
INCIDENT COMMANDER: --WILDLAND OR OTHER (STATE WHICH TYPE): Type 1 Federal National Team: Bob Anderson
 
STRUCTURAL INCIDENT COMMANDER:  Scott Magers
 
COOPERATING AND ASSISTING AGENCIES: Oregon Department of Transportation, Idaho Power Company, Baker County Sheriff, and the Red Cross.
 
OSFM RESOURCES –
Task Force/Strike Team
# of Personnel
# of Equipment
Fire Departments
Umatilla/Morrow Co. Task Force #1
2
Command
Pendleton
Umatilla/Morrow Co. Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Pendleton
Umatilla/Morrow Co. Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
East Umatilla County
Umatilla/Morrow Co. Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Heppner
Umatilla/Morrow Co. Task Force #1
2
Tender
Umatilla
Umatilla/Morrow Co. Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Hermiston
 
18
 
 
(DEMOBILIZED 28 July 2006@1700)
 
 
 
Malheur Co. Task Force #1
1
Command
Ontario FD
Malheur Co. Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
Ontario FD
Malheur Co. Task Force #1
3
Type II Engine
Payette FD
Malheur Co. Task Force #1
3
Type II Engine
Fruitland Fire Department
Malheur Co. Task Force #1
2
Type I Tender
Weiser Rural FD
Malheur Co. Task Force #1
3
Type II Engine
Weiser Rural FD
 
15
 
 
Hood River Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Hood River
Hood River Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue
Hood River Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
Pine Grove Fire Department
Hood River Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Westside Fire
Hood River Task Force #1
2
Command
Hood River
Hood River Task Force #1
1
Support
Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue
Hood River Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
Parkdale Fire
 
19
 
 
Washington Co. Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Hillsboro Fire
Washington Co. Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Washington Co. Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Cornelius
Washington Co. Task Force #1
3
Type III Engine
Banks Fire
Washington Co. Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
Forest Grove
Washington Co. Task Force #1
2
Command
Cornelius/Banks
Washington Co. Task Force #1
1
Support
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
 
20
 
 
(DEMOBILIZED 28 July 2006@1245)
 
 
 
Union Co. Task Force #1
1
Command
La Grande RFPD
Union Co. Task Force #1
2
Type II Tender
Imbler RFPD
Union Co. Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
La Grande RFPD
Union Co. Task Force #1
2
Type II Engine
Imbler RFPD
Union Co. Task Force #1
2
Type III Engine
Cove RFPD
Union Co. Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
La Grande RFPD
 
14
 
 
(DEMOBILIZED 28 July 2006@0915)
 
 
 
Central Oregon Task Force #1
2
Command
Bend Fire
Central Oregon Task Force #1
2
Type I Tender
Bend Fire
Central Oregon Task Force #1
3
Type II Engine
La Pine
Central Oregon Task Force #1
3
Type II Engine
Crook County Fire & Rescue
Central Oregon Task Force #1
3
Type I Engine
Jefferson County
Central Oregon Task Force #1
4
Type I Engine
Redmond
 
17
 
 
Total task force participants for McLean Creek Conflagration
 
102
 
 
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: NAME Team

Position
Name
Fire Service
Administrator
State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr
OSFM
Agency Representative
Chief Deputy Randy Simpson
OSFM
IC
Scott Magers
McMinnville Fire Department
Deputy IC
Bill Anderson
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
IIO
Lou Gugliotta
Jackson County FD #3
Safety Officer
Ron Youngberg
Columbia River Fire & Rescue
Planning
John Fowler
Pendleton Fire & Ambulance
Deputy Planning
Eric Schult
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Resource Unit Leader
Richard Smith
OSFM
Logistics
Kristina Deschaine/Sarah Colvin
OSFM
Finance
Dave Jones
OSFM
Ops Chief
Andy Louden
Corvallis Fire Department
Deputy Ops
Bob Madden
Bend Fire & Rescue
Div/Grp Supervisors
Doug Cox/Richard LaBelle/Dewaine Holster
 
Communications Unit
David Neys**
ODOT Bend – Bend Fire Dept.
** 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: Crews work all night protecting structures from the McLean Creek Conflagration
26 July 2006: Structural firefighters protect homes threatened by McLean Creek Conflagration
25 July 2006: McLean Creek fire in eastern Oregon declared a 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