A public meeting will be held at Lakeview High School Gym Wednesday 8/15/12 at 7:00.PM.
Mike Morcom’s Pacific Northwest Team 2, a National Type 1 team, assumed command of the Barry Point Fire at 6:00 this morning.
The fire continued to push further to the south into California Tuesday, but crews found opportunities to direct attack the fire south of Beaver Dam Road and made headway until early afternoon when heat and wind increased fire activity. Significant resources were repositioned from the north and west sides of the fire to the south. A significant amount of work was done prepping Forest Road 73. Dozer line was also constructed around the Modoc National Forest’s Crawder Flat Guard Station and the Willow Creek Ranch. Aircraft dropped water on the guard station and Willow Creek Ranch, and firefighters did structure protection around several historic cabins in the area from Beaver Dam to Crawder Flat.
Tuesday night, the fire made another push south over Forest Road 73 and spotted west over Crawder Flat Road. Its progression south and the acreage increase are still being determined this morning as crews get out on the ground to assess. No infra-red flight was flown last night, so no new maps will be available. The area south of FR 73 is now in Level 3 evacuation, put in place by the Modoc County Sheriff. The Willow Ranch and Crawder Flat Guard station were protected and have not been damaged at this report and crews contained the spots.
On the west side of the fire and the north end of Yocum Valley, as well as around most of the northern perimeter, crews continued to mop up and patrol for hotspots
The fire is burning actively south of FS 4017 on the eastern perimeter. Crews continued to work to link a contingency line from FS 4020 to the Dog Lake Road to enable firefighters to secure that side with a combination of direct attack and controlled burnout operations, which involve burning fuels ahead of the fire. The burnouts are being used strategically to stop the fire’s spread to the east onto private land. As the strategy is employed, fire activity and smoke will become more visible from Lakeview and other communities.
Residents of the Lakeview area saw smoke and fire west of town Tuesday as the fire continued to spread within the fire line in the northeast corner below the Dog Lake Road. Residents to the south of the fire can expect to see smoke late Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning as winds shift to the north.
Emergency Response Personnel Ask For Your Cooperation: Entry into closed areas near the fire not only endangers your safety but also the safety of the firefighters and Emergency Response Personnel.
Due to the potential for extreme fire behavior and the need to provide for firefighter and public safety, the Fremont – Winema National Forest has put into in place a FIRE AREA CLOSURE and the County Sheriffs of Lake County, OR and Modoc County, CA. have Evacuation Orders posted. Please refer to Inciweb.org for complete information on the evacuation levels..
Estimated Acreage 48,000 acres
Cause and Date Started Lightning: Monday, August 6, 2012
Resources on the Fires 1404
- Hold lines and continue mop up operations on the western and northwestern lines of the fire.
- Hold the fireline along the Dog Lake Road and complete and burnout dozer line to the south towards Fitzwater.
- Implementation of plans to minimize damage to heritage resources.
- Provide structure fire support to units requesting assistance.
- Firefighters are working as close to the current fireline as conditions and safety will allow while continuing to prepare contingency lines in the event fire growth surpasses established lines.
Wednesday – Sunny. Highs 88-92. Northeast wind 4 to 8 mph becoming west 5 to 10 in the afternoon.
Oregon Department of Forestry, Lake County Sheriff, Lakeview Police, American Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Modoc County.