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Oregon Interagency Incident

Management Team #1

Ross Williams, Incident Commander



Shaniko Butte Fire Daily Update

July 16, 2014



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The Shaniko Butte Fire has grown to more than 12,000 acres as the afternoon winds pushed fire through the cured grass. Oregon Incident Management Team 1 took over management of the fire today at 6 AM, making  Warm Springs fire resources available for initial attack and other fire suppression activities.


Red Flag Warnings have been posted for a change in wind directions later today associated with very low humidity. Dry, breezy winds from the west and northwest are expected.


The western edge of the fire is about 2 miles from the community of Simnasho. Firefighters working through the night were able to keep the fire from spreading toward Simnasho.


The predicted westerly winds are likely to increase fire activity while pushing the fire further east. Fire has entered the Eagle Creek drainage, which drains into the Deschutes River at the community of Dant. An engine will be stationed at Dant to monitor the situation. Fire growth to the south has been checked for now by a successful burnout operation that began Tuesday and is continuing today.


Aircraft have been ordered to assist with the firefighting effort, and when they arrive the Deschutes River may be used as a water source. River users are warned to be alert to the possibility of helicopters dipping water from the Deschutes River. For everyone’s safety, please do not approach a working helicopter.



Fire at a Glance


Size: 12,198 acres


Contained: 0%


Personnel: 280


Hill Trail #714


Area Closure:The Mt. Hood National Forest portion of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, and Section 11 of T10S, R8E.

Road Closures:

·   S-300/Hwy 3 Jct

·   Red Lake Cemetery Road/Hwy 3 Jct


Location: 12 miles north of the town of Warm Springs



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Traffic & Weather





Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.


Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.


Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

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