#BarryPoint #ORFire #CAFire Morning Update 8/17 ^jp

A public meeting will be held in Alturas this evening (Friday) at 6 pm at the Desert Rose Casino Event Center

News & Events for the Barry Point Fire:

  • There is a Red Flag Warning in effect from 4 pm today through 8 pm PDT Saturday for abundant dry lightning and dry fuels. Initial attack resources are available to respond to any new starts in the fire area.
  • Hot temperatures, low relative humidity, unstable air and exceedingly dry fuels continue to contribute to large fire growth.
  • Overnight temperatures were very warm and there was little humidity recovery so the fire was very active. There was significant growth on portions of the east side of the fire.
  • Between Renner Lake and Sibley Lake the fire moved southeast across the Beaver Dam Road about 3 miles. Firefighters are scouting to determine what their options are to control the area where the fire breached the line.
  • Further south the fire crossed Fletcher Creek and moved about 2 miles to the east. Dozers are working directly along the edge from the south in a northeasterly direction to control it.

Barry Point Fire: Firefighters are working hard to further mop up and secure fire lines on the north and northeast corners in expectation of thunderstorms and strong gusty southwesterly winds this weekend.

The east and southeast sides of the fire continue to challenge firefighters due to rugged terrain and active fire behavior. A significant number of resources have been moved to assist. They are working to complete fire line along the south and east sides of the fire and in those areas where the fire crossed the line last night.

Firefighters continue to patrol the north and northwest areas of the fire.

The Level 3 evacuation at Drew’s Lake and the Level 1 on the south side of Highway 140 from Drews Gap to Andy Hill Road and down the west side of the Westside Road will remain in place until firefighters are sure the fire line will hold through expected southwest winds.                                                   

Evacuations: A Level 3 evacuation remains in place on the south end of Drews Reservoir and the west shore of Goose Lake from the California-Oregon border south to Forest Road 73. A Level 1 evacuation remains from the south side of Oregon Highway 140 at Drew’s Gap west of Lakeview then west of Andy Hill Road headed south and continuing south on the west side of the Westside Road in Lake County to the Oregon-California border.

Closures: On the Fremont-Winema National Forest all National Forest lands, recreation sites, roads and trails in Yokum Valley, the Fitzwater/Point Ranch area, Dog Mountain, Long Valley, Drews Valley (south of Highway 140), Dent Creek and Barry Point.

On the Modoc National Forest the entire area, including all roads, from the Oregon/California border south to the Big Sage Management Area then west to the 73 Road and east to Goose Lake.


Started:     August 6, 2012
Cause:        lightning
Location:     Began 22 miles west of Lakeview, OR.
Acres:        83,901
% Contained:     30%
Resources:      A total of 1320 personnel assigned to the fire, including 4 hotshot crews, 29 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 87 engines, 14 dozers and 30 water tenders.

SAFETY CONCERNS:  Heat exhaustion associated illness, smoke and poor visibility, narrow dirt roads and firefighter fatigue.

RESOURCE CONCERNS: cultural resources

WEATHER:  Friday will be sunny in the morning becoming partly cloudy with a slight chance of late afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. It will be warmer today with high temperatures from 89 to 95 and relative humidity in the low to mid teens. Light and variable wind in the morning will become westerly from 3 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Winds will be strong, gusty and variable in the vicinity of any thunderstorms.

WEATHER OUTLOOK: Fire Weather Watch Friday through Saturday for abundant lightning and dry fuels.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be from 58 to 64. The maximum RH in those areas where it isn’t influenced by any rain from thundershowers will be 45-55%. Winds will be from the northwest from 5 to 10 mph and gusty in the vicinity of thundershowers.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be 82 to 87. The minimum RH will be 20-25%. Winds will be from the southwest 5 to 15 mph and gusty.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Lows will be from 49 to 54. Highs will be 80 to 85% and the minimum RH around 20%. Winds will be 5 to 15 mph from the southwest

TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Critically dry fuels, high temperatures, gusty winds in the vicinity of thunderstorms, and rugged terrain continue to create potential for large fire growth.

COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Fremont-Winema and Modoc National Forests, Oregon Department of Forestry, CalFire, Lake County Sheriff, Modoc County Sheriff, Lakeview Police Department, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service.

For further Barry Point Fire Information see:

e-mail: barrypointorfire@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BarryPointOrFire
Twitter: www.twitter.com/barrypointfire
Word Press: www.barrypointorfire.wordpress.com


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