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Mild Weather Helps Crews Continue To Gain On The Brattain Fire In Lake County

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A fire fighter scouting new fire line on the Brittain Fire in Lake County, on Sept. 14, 2020

Continued mild weather is allowing firefighters to strengthen fire lines and continue mop-up operations. The fire has burned 50,477 acres and is 52 percent contained.

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. ...

Yesterday:
Many more positive developments were made yesterday, especially with mop-up activity. Crews experienced only moderate fire behavior, with the same creeping and smoldering seen for several days, with smoke mostly coming from the interior in the northwest corner of the fire. The northwest corner has heavy down and dead fuel loading which continues to slowly burn.

Crews have a good handle on the location of those hotter areas. We continued mop-up and patrolling lines in all divisions. Firing operations hastened burning of unburned fuels in the interior islands to reinforce fire control lines.

Crews encountered mild, southwest terrain-driven winds and no red flag warnings.

We are moving into more active repair/rehab operations, and a special suppression repair group was onsite beginning last evening scouting and looking at road and contingency lines.

Incident operations are moving toward a more local incident management team by the end of the week.

Today:
Expect the same creeping and smoldering as yesterday, with smoke mostly coming from the interior in the northwest corner of the fire. Fuels along the line and interior pockets will continue to burn actively. Breezy conditions will continue Monday-Wednesday. Mop-up and patrol lines will continue in all divisions.

Priority activities today include mop-up on the dozer line behind Withers Ranch and suppression activity repair/rehabilitation. A special landowner meeting was held today for landowners impacted by the Brattain Fire.

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has updated the following evacuation notices:

Level 2 (Set) – South of the Murphy Ranch on Clover Flat Road east to Valley Falls
Level 1 (Ready) –Highway 395 from Valley Falls east to Chandler State Park; Highway 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane, all of Paisley to Valley Falls; Clover Flat Road from Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) to Murphy Ranch

Forest Closure:
From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.

Summary:
The Brattain fire started on September 7, 2020 and is currently burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire but will soon transition out and a smaller, more localized team will take over incident operations. Firefighting crews continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule and are battling winds, extremely dry conditions and shortages of firefighting resources.

SIZE: 50,447 acres
CONTAINMENT: 52%
CAUSE: Human
PERSONNEL: 478

FIRE INFORMATION:
541-947-6243
2020.brattain@firenet.gov
INCIWEB:
inciweb.nwcg.gov
search “Brattain Fire”
Facebook:
facebook.com, search:
Fremont-Winema National Forest @R6FWNF
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership @SCOFMPFIREINFO

UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:00 a.m. ...

Yesterday:
After five consecutive days of Red Flag conditions, a frontal passage brought erratic winds, but cooler temperatures and increased humidity. No precipitation was received but crews were able to stop the forward progression of the fire in the northwest and southeast corners last night. This was accomplished with the support of eight helicopters.

Crews finished mopping up along the northeast quadrant of the fire; all resources were moved to other priority areas.

Crews and heavy equipment continued to widen and strengthen lines and conduct hoselay operations in the south and suppress a few hot spot fires near Clover Flat Road. A local timber company constructed a contingency line tying into the Ben Young burn scar. Crews will continue to look for hot spots and continue mop-up operations.

Today:
A virtual community meeting will be live tonight, Saturday, September 19th at 7 pm on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Facebook page or on KPAI 103.1 FM. Topics include: summary of operations, weather and evacuation updates.

While the weather is more favorable, anticipate another active fire day today. The east will be in patrol status; access roads will be open to allow for resource advisors to assess rehabilitation strategies.

Heavy equipment will continue to improve contingency lines and look for hot spots along the south flank of the fire where fire was seen creeping and smoldering yesterday; northwest winds will test these lines today.

Expect to see several aircraft working the fire. Crews will be seizing opportunities to increase fireline construction and containment with the favorable weather over the coming days.

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A map of the Brattain Fire as of Saturday, Sept. 19

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has updated the following evacuation notices:

Level 3 (Go) – Highway 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane (north of Paisley). Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch.
Level 2 (Set) – All of Paisley – from Red House Lane, continuing south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with U.S. Hwy 395. Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Murphy Ranch. From Summer Lake Store north along Highway 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass.
Level 1 (Ready) – Valley Falls approximately 5 miles south on Hwy 395 to Chandler State Park.

Forest Closure:
From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.

SIZE: 47,243 acres
CONTAINMENT: 44%
CAUSE: Human
PERSONNEL: 437

FIRE INFORMATION:
541-947-6243
2020.brattain@firenet.gov

INCIWEB:
inciweb.nwcg.gov
search “Brattain Fire”

Facebook:
facebook.com, search:
Fremont-Winema National Forest @R6FWNF
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership @SCOFMPFIREINFO

UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 18, 10:00 a.m. ...

Yesterday:
Another very active day for firefighting resources yesterday battling the elevated fire conditions but seizing opportunities to increase fireline construction and containment.

Crews constructed fireline in the southwest corner of the fire and in the northwest quadrant of the fire. They were supported by numerous helicopters.

Containment lines in the northeast and east flanks of the fire held as crews patrolled for hotspots.

Fire behavior and accessibility allowed crews to continue the direct attack in the southern area of the fire with handcrews, engines and dozers.

Logging equipment and masticators or “brushcutters” continue to improve Forest Roads 3360 and 3510 as a contingency line along the south flank of the fire.

Today:
After five consecutive days of Red Flag conditions, a much-needed reprieve in the weather is expected late this afternoon after a frontal passage. This will bring erratic winds but cooler temperatures and a chance of precipitation.

Crews will continue mop-up and patrol along the north and east side of the fire along Hwy 31.

Crews and heavy equipment will continue to widen and strengthen lines and conduct hoselay operations in the south and look for any spot fires near Clover Flat Road.

Dozers will continue line construction in the northwest quadrant of the fire to increase containment. Improved weather conditions and possible precipitation will greatly improve the ability for crews and equipment to go direct and construct fireline.

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has updated the following evacuation notices:

Level 3 (Go) – Highway 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Lane (north of Paisley). Clover Flat Road from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch.
Level 2 (Set) – All of Paisley – from Red House Lane, continuing south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with U.S. Hwy 395. Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Murphy Ranch. From Summer Lake Store north along Highway 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass.
Level 1 (Ready) – Valley Falls approximately 5 miles south on Hwy 395 to Chandler State Park.

Forest Closure:
From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.

SIZE: 44,800 acres
CONTAINMENT: 30%
CAUSE: Human
PERSONNEL: 437

FIRE INFORMATION:
541-947-6243
2020.brattain@firenet.gov

INCIWEB:
inciweb.nwcg.gov
search “Brattain Fire”

Facebook:
facebook.com, search:
Fremont-Winema National Forest @R6FWNF
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership @SCOFMPFIREINFO

LEVEL 3 EVACUATION
Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to Red House Ln (north of Paisley). Clover Flat Rd from Valley Falls east to Moon Ranch.
LEVEL 2 EVACUATION
All of Paisley – HWY 31 south from Red House Ln to Valley Falls. Clover Flat Rd from Hwy 31 to Murphy Ranch. Hwy 31 north from Summer Lake Storeto Picture Rock Pass.
LEVEL 1 EVACUATION
Valley Falls south on Hwy 395 to Chandler State Park.
The Red Cross established an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

SAFETY:
Hwy 31 is open but anticipate congestion due to heavy fire traffic. Avoid the area if possible.
Temporary Flight Restrictions are in effect. Avoid drone use and report drones to law enforcement.

UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m. ...

Yesterday:
Additional aircraft, more engines and hotshot crews arrived at the incident. In the northwest, containment lines were established using roads, dozer lines, natural breaks and old burn scars. Forest Road 3510 and Clover Flat Road were prepped as containment lines on the south and southwest perimeters where the fire was creeping downslope. Dozer lines were able to tie in on the northwest with good black line near the Ben Young fire scar. As the day progressed, direct fire attack tactics were implemented in the south to protect private property, critical infrastructure and timber resources.

Today:
Another critical day for firefighting resources as another Red Flag Warning is in effect from 2 – 8 pm and eyeing a much-needed reprieve in the weather going into Friday with cooler temperatures, lighter winds and a slight chance of precipitation. In the north and east along Hwy 31, containment lines are holding nicely, and crews will continue to monitor and patrol looking for any hot spots. Fire officials have been moving resources from these secured areas over to the south and west side of the fire. Fire behavior and accessibility should allow crews to continue direct attack in the southern area of the fire with hand crews, engines and dozers. Along Forest Road 3360, dozer lines will connect for an extended containment line with possible firing operations in this area. Expect to see several aircraft working the fire today.

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation notices:
Level 3 (Go) – Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to include all of Paisley, south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with Hwy 395. All of Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Valley Falls. West of Hwy 31 west of Forest Road 28
Level 2 (Set) – From Summer Lake Store north along Hwy 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass
Level 1 (Ready) – Abert Lake area southeast on US 395, south on Hwy 31 to Chandler State Park approximately 5 miles south of Valley Falls.

The Red Cross has an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview (1900 North 4th St.)

Forest Closure:
From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.

SIZE: 44,800 acres
CONTAINMENT: 20%
CAUSE: Human
PERSONNEL: 407

FIRE INFORMATION:
541-947-6243
2020.brattain@firenet.gov

INCIWEB:
inciweb.nwcg.gov
search “Brattain Fire”

Facebook:
www.facebook.com search:
Fremont-Winema National Forest @R6FWNF
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership @SCOFMPFIREINFO

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m. ...

Yesterday:
The most significant fire growth continues to be on the northwest perimeter with active movement north and west overnight. To combat this, three dozers, numerous engines, and one hotshot crew were dispatched to this area.

Patrols continued work in the northeast and east to reinforce black line and protect property. Dozer work in the south tied in with Forest Road 3510 and existing black line from previous fires this season, making continued progress with containment.

A virtual public meeting video from last night is available on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Facebook page.

Today:
Warm and dry conditions coupled with strong, gusty winds will again present challenges. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1-8 PM. Additional aircraft and hotshot crews are anticipated.

In the northwest, work will include establishing containment lines using roads, dozer line construction, natural breaks and old burn scars. Firefighters in this area continue to work around the clock.

Forest Road 3510 and Clover Flat Road are being prepped as holding lines on the south and southwest perimeters. Additional fire vehicles and equipment will be present in the area. Please use caution when traveling on Hwy 31.

Direct fire attack tactics will be implemented as soon as weather conditions permit to protect private property, critical infrastructure and natural and cultural resources.

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation notices:

Level 3 ("GO!") – Hwy 31 from Summer Lake Store south to include all of Paisley, south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with Hwy 395. All of Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Valley Falls. West of Hwy 31 west of Forest Road 28

Level 2 ("Get Set") – From Summer Lake Store north along Hwy 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass

Level 1 ("Get Ready") – Abert Lake area southeast on US 395, south on Hwy 31 to Chandler State Park approximately 5 miles south of Valley Falls.

The Red Cross has an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview (1900 North 4th St.)

Forest Closure:
From Forest Road 29 southeast to Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road east, all National Forest System lands and facilities are closed per Forest Closure Order 06-02-03-20-03. Forest Road 3315 is closed; the 28 Road is open.

Summary:
The Brattain fire started on September 7th, 2020 and is currently burning on the Paisley Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The Eastern Area Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire. Firefighting crews continue to operate on a 24-hour schedule and are battling winds, extremely dry conditions and shortages of firefighting resources.

SIZE: 40,316 acres
CONTAINMENT: 17%
CAUSE: Human
PERSONNEL: 359

FIRE INFORMATION:
541-947-6243
2020.brattain@firenet.gov

INCIWEB:
inciweb.nwcg.gov
search “Brattain Fire”

Facebook:
www.facebook.com search:
Fremont-Winema National Forest @R6FWNF
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership @SCOFMPFIREINFO

SAFETY:
Anticipate congestion on Hwy 31 due to fire traffic. Please use caution and avoid the area.
Temporary Flight Restrictions are in effect. Avoid drone use and report drones to law enforcement.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:45 a.m. ...

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has issued new Level 3 ("GO!") evacuations .

Level 3
· Highway 31 from Summer Lake Store south to include all of Paisley – from Red House Lane (north of Paisley), continuing south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with U.S. Hwy 395.
· All of Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Valley Falls.
· West of Highway 31 to Forest Road 28.
Level 2
· From Summer Lake Store north along Highway 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass.
Level 1
· Abert Lake area southeast on 395, south on Highway 31 to Chandler State Park approximately 5 miles south of Valley Falls.

The Brattain Fire is active on both the north and south ends due to erratic winds. If you don’t need to be in the area, please leave now.

Highway 31 is open, but prepared for traffic congestion, delays and increased fire traffic. Please use caution driving in the area.

The Red Cross has an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview (1900 North 4th St.). There is fire information there as well.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 9:45 a.m. ...

Governor Kate Brown approved an emergency conflagration declaration for the Brattain Fire near Paisley, Oregon, in Lake County.

"The situation remains very dangerous in Paisley," said Governor Kate Brown. "Wind continues to fuel these wildfires, with devastating consequences across the region. People’s homes, lives, land, and safety are at risk. If you're in the evacuation zone, please stay vigilant. Pay close attention and listen to local calls to evacuate as needed — this can save your life, your family and the lives of our firefighters."

In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to a life, safety, and property exists due to fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

The Governor's declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Brattain Fire is burning approximately 10 miles south of Paisley in Lake County. The fire is burning in sagebrush-juniper with stringers of Ponderosa pine in steep, rugged terrain with limited access points and high winds.

The fire has burned 34,151 acres and is currently 15% contained.

The Eastern Area Incident Management Team transitioned with local fire management today, allowing for more resources to be assigned to the fire.

Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol yesterday’s firing operation to protect the community of Paisley and surrounding areas on the north/northeastern perimeter of the fire. Additional firing operations to defend control lines are planned if weather conditions allow.

Efforts to secure fire lines and check on residences on the southern portion of the fire will also be a primary focus as the fire grew in this area overnight.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today until 9 PM and a Fire Weather Watch is in place for tomorrow due to strong gusty winds and low relative humidity.

Evacuations:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation notices:

Level 3 ("GO!") – All of Paisley, from Red House Lane (north of Paisley), south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with U.S. Hwy 395; All of Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Valley Falls.

Level 1 ("Get Ready") – From Red House Lane north along Hwy 31 to the intersection with Government Harvey Road/Forest Road 29.

The Red Cross has an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview (1900 North 4th St.). There will be fire information there as well.

Closures:

The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued emergency fire closure order 06-02-03-20-03 for the area east Forest Road 28 and south of Forest Road 29 (Government Harvey). Forest Road 29 is closed; Forest Road 28 remains open. Forest Road 33 is closed at the Forest Boundary south of Paisley to the junction with Forest Road 28. Forest Road 3510, which makes the southern edge of the closure area is closed, as is Forest Road 3510-018 from Clover Flat Road to the Forest Boundary, and Forest Road 3315 at the intersection with Mill Street in Paisley. All recreation sites within the closure area are closed.

Via https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7172/

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 14, 5:00 p.m. ...

The Lake County Sheriff's Office ordered new evacuations today in response to growth of the Brattain Fire.

Level 3 ("GO!")
· Highway 31 from Government Harvey Road (Forest Road 29) south to include all of Paisley – from Red House Lane (north of Paisley), continuing south on Highway 31 to Valley Falls/the junction with U.S. Hwy 395.
· All of Clover Flat Road from the intersection with Hwy 31 (Beachler’s Corner) south to Valley Falls.
· West of Highway 31 to Forest Road 28.
Level 2 ("Get Set")
· From Government Harvey Road/Forest Road 29 north to Summer Lake Store.
Level 1 ("Get Ready")
· From Summer Lake Store north along Highway 31 to the top of Picture Rock Pass.
· Abert Lake area southeast on 395, south on Highway 31 to Chandler State approximately 5 miles south of Valley Falls.

The Red Cross has an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview (1900 North 4th St.). There will be fire information there as well.

Yesterday’s Operations:

Firing operations to protect Paisley and surrounding areas were successful in preparation for the Red Flag Warning for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity. Erratic winds hampered control efforts along Hwy 31, causing a temporary road closure and a few spot fires, all of which are under control.

Today’s Operations:

The Eastern Area Incident Management Team transitioned with local fire management today, allowing for more resources to be assigned to the fire. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol yesterday’s firing operation to protect the community of Paisley and surrounding areas on the north/northeastern perimeter of the fire. Additional firing operations to defend control lines are planned if weather conditions allow.

Efforts to secure fire lines and check on residences on the southern portion of the fire will also be a primary focus as the fire grew in this area overnight.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today until 9 PM and a Fire Weather Watch is in place for tomorrow due to strong gusty winds and low relative humidity.

Closures:

The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued emergency fire closure order 06-02-03-20-03 for the area east Forest Road 28 and south of Forest Road 29 (Government Harvey). Forest Road 29 is closed; Forest Road 28 remains open. Forest Road 33 is closed at the Forest Boundary south of Paisley to the junction with Forest Road 28. Forest Road 3510, which makes the southern edge of the closure area is closed, as is Forest Road 3510-018 from Clover Flat Road to the Forest Boundary, and Forest Road 3315 at the intersection with Mill Street in Paisley. All recreation sites within the closure area are closed.

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 13, 11:45 a.m. ...

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following evacuation levels around the Brattain Fire:

The Level 3 ("Go!") evacuation notice for the Brattain Fire Southwest of Paisley is still in effect for all residents of Paisley. From Red House Lane (north of Paisley), South on Highway 31 to Clover Flat Road onto Clover Flat Road to Forest Service Road 3510 (Moss Pass Road).

There is a Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation notice in place this morning for residences between Government Harvey Road (Forest Road 29) and Red House Lane, as well as on Clover Flat Road between Forest Road 3510 and Valley Falls.

ORIGINAL POST:

The fire has burned 8,000 acres and is 0 percent contained.

Evacuations:
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 ("Go!") evacuation notice for the Brattain Fire southwest of Paisley. The Level 3 notice is for all residents of Paisley. From Red House Lane (north of Paisley), south on Highway 31 to Clover Flat Road onto Clover Flat Road to Forest Service Road 3510 (Moss Pass Road).

The Red Cross is establishing an evacuation area at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeview.

Yesterday’s Operations:
Winds continue to be a factor for the Brattain Fire. Weather patterns, terrain and limited access contributed to fire growth.

Today’s Operations:
Firefighters are directing operations in a proactive response to forecasted weather conditions, including a Red Flag Warning in the area from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity. Local resources and fire management have determined that current conditions allow for burning operations in an effort to protect the City of Paisley and outlying residences. The evacuation level was raised to 3 for public safety during these operations.

Closures:
The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued emergency fire closure order 06-02-03-20-02 for the area east and south of Forest Road 28 and Forest Road 3315, also known as the High Road. Both roads remain open. Forest Road 33 is closed at the Forest Boundary south of Paisley to the junction with Forest Road 28. Forest Road 3510, which makes the southern edge of the closure area is closed, as is Forest Road 3510-018 from Clover Flat Road to the Forest Boundary. All recreation sites within the closure area are closed, including Marster Spring and Chewaucan Crossing Campgrounds, Jones Crossing Forest Camp, Moss Meadow Horse Camp, Moss Pass Trailhead and Campground, Hanan/Coffeepot Trailhead and the Fremont National Recreation Trail.

Safety:
For those in the evacuation area, it is anticipated there will be congestion on Hwy 31, fire traffic and temporary loss of power. Please use caution leaving the area.

FIRE INFORMATION:
541-947-6243

frewinnf@gmail.com

INCIWEB:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/7172

Facebook:
www,facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO

www.facebook.com/R6FWNF