Saturday, September 27

For more information and location of fire visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4102/

Start Date

Cause

Size

Percent Containment

Helicopters

Engines

Crews

Total Personnel

9/6

Unknown

3,624

1%

4

0

0

115

At 4 o’clock this afternoon, management of the Freezeout Ridge Fire will transition to a Type 3 Incident Commander who will continue to work with the Wallowa-Whitman and Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests out of Joseph, Oregon.  A small crew will remain on the fire, camping out at Horse Heaven, to monitor fire behavior and progression.  Three helicopters will be stationed in Joseph as well and will be available to respond to the fire should activity necessitate.

Winds continue to buffet the fire area but with little impact on the fire behavior.  Yesterday, the fire grew only slightly in Granite Creek.  There was no movement to the north, as higher humidity prevented spread through the previously burned area.  Stronger surface level winds are expected today and humidity will rise with the cloud cover.  Minimal, light precipitation is expected over the next several days.

The most important objective of any wildland fire is the safety of the public and the firefighters.  Firefighters will also focus on limiting fire spread outside of the Hells Canyon Wilderness and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and minimizing impacts to critical habitat, infrastructure, and local economy.  The fire will still be managed in a manner that allows fire to play its natural role in the wilderness ecosystem.

At this time, all trail closures will remain in effect until it is safe for both the public and the firefighters to allow re-entry.  All visitors to the area must check current conditions before embarking into the wilderness area.

This will be the final update from the Great Basin Incident Management Team.  Future updates will come from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest; for further information, contact Jodi Kramer at 541.519.4623 (c) or 541.523.4623 (o).


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