TROY, Ore – An evacuation alert remains in place for Troy, Eden Bench, Grouse Flat and Bartlett Bench due to the 75,000 acre Grizzly Bear Complex Fire.
Evacuation 3 Level includes the area north of the Grande Ronde River at the state line; west of Oregon Highway 129; to the western section lines of 13, 14, 27, and 36 T07R4E to the National Forest Boundary; along the National Forest boundary to the Grand Ronde River. The Evacuation Area Level 3 includes the Wenaha State Wildlife Area, southwest of Troy.
Level 2 evacuation affects Asotin and west along County Road 105 to County Road 110 to County Road 181 to Forest Road 41 to Forest Road 40 to Forest Road 44 to Forest Road 43 to the forest boundary; south along the western section lines of sections 13, 14, 27, and 36, T07R4E, to Highway 129 and north to Asotin. Asotin is no longer on an evacuation level.
Washington Incident Management Team Press Release
Fortunately, no significant or large areas of fire growth were reported after yesterday’s high winds. An infra-red flight was flown last night recording any heat sources across the fire area. Most of the fire spread was observed in the northern and northeastern part of the fire, within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. Fire crews will be assigned tasks today designed to monitor containment lines and continue to construct and improve fire lines around the perimeter of the fire. Other crews will mop-up (extinguish all burning material) near containment lines to further secure suppression efforts.
“A moderate breeze” is predicted today, according to Andy Haner, the Incident Meteorologist assigned to the fire. The winds will be slightly less than yesterday, but due to an increase in humidity and lower temperatures, the fire behavior should be mitigated. Andy has also forecast “wetting rains” of up to ¼” today, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. This should increase the relative humidity and fuel moisture in the light fuels (vegetation) to 40 or 50%. Dean Warner, the Fire Behavior Analyst, notes that fuels under the tree canopy will remain dry and susceptible to active burning. Overall, the rate of fire spread will be less than in previous days, and fire crews will take advantage of these conditions when they safely continue their work to fully suppress the fire.
Level 1 evacuation remains for the towns of Flora and Anatone. The area From Highway 129 at the northern township line of T09R46E to the Snake River; from the Snake River South to the Washington/Oregon state line; west to Highway 129, and north to the northern township line of T09R46E. The area west of Highway 3 in Oregon to Mud Creek to Courtney Creek, south along the eastern boundary of T4NR43E to south section lines of Sections 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 to southeast quarter of Section 7, north through portions of Section 7 and 6 to the Wildcat Creek to the Grand Ronde River to the Oregon/Washington State Line and east to Highway 3.
Sheriffs and county emergency are working with affected residents. For updated fire information, including local evacuation levels cal 541-612-0059 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. or by visiting http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4511/.
There were reports yesterday of isolated winds gusts strong enough to blow over a remote weather station and other smaller, unsecured structures, such as tents and portable buildings
The fire lines around the Complex held the fire yesterday during the high wind event, so the evacuation levels were re-evaluated by local law enforcement officials. Along with the recommendation and support from Brian Gales, the Incident Commander of the Washington Incident Management Team 4, some Evacuation Levels have been reduced. The city of Asotin, WA no longer has any Evacuation Level. The area south of the Grande Ronde River, near Flora that was in Level 2 is now at Level 1. The area northeast of the fire, east of Highway 129 in Washington that was at a Level 2 is now at Level 1. The area along the eastern part of the fire, near Troy, OR is now set at a level 1 (ready stage).
A Washington State National Guard communication unit has been set up in the community of Troy, OR to provide remote internet and telephone communications. The Oregon National Guard has deployed 155 members to support suppression efforts. They will be assisting with mop-up operations in the Troy and Grouse Flat areas.