#BarryPoint #ORFire #CAFire 8/20 Morning Update ^MRH

(This information also available at http://inciweb.org/incident/article/3105/16163/)

News & Events for the Barry Point Fire:

  • All Evacuation notices in Oregon have been lifted.
  • Today firefighters will work to secure all lines further into the interior of the fire in anticipation of stronger winds forecast for today and tomorrow.
  • The Oregon National Guard has arrived on the Barry Point Fire with three helicopters capable of dropping water to assist the firefighting effort.
  • Demobilization of excess resources has started.
  • Fire rehabilitation is beginning.
  • While residents will see smoke from islands of unburned fuel within the Barry Point Fire, anticipated southwest winds will push additional smoke from several large fires in California including the Chips, Reading, Rush and Ponderosa fires.

Barry Point Fire: The night shift experienced excellent humidity recovery last night as well as much cooler temperatures. Today’s crews will continue to mop-up, moving further into the interior.

Weather today is expected to be slightly warmer and drier than yesterday. Winds are forecasted to increase this afternoon, becoming southwesterly to near twenty mph. The possibility of spotting from interior flare-ups will increase as the fuels dry out through the afternoon, but will still be less than firefighters encountered on previous days.

Fire personnel have designated initial attack resources to respond to any new starts near the fire and assist local units if needed.  Yesterday, engines and crews helped the Fremont-Winema National Forest on a new start that is now contained.

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 are lifted.

Evacuations: A Level 3 evacuation remains in place on the west shore of Goose Lake from the California-Oregon border south to Forest Road 73.

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.                                                                                                                                    

 

FIRE FACTS:

Barry Point Fire: Started:  August 6, 2012 Cause: lightning Location: Began 22 miles west of Lakeview, OR. Acres: 93,941 Percent Contained: 48% Resources:   A total of 1,297 personnel assigned to the fire, including 4 hotshot crews, 25 hand crews, 8 helicopters, 91 engines, 16 dozers and 34 water tenders.

SAFETY CONCERNS:  Smoke and poor visibility, narrow dusty roads, firefighter fatigue, snags and ash pits.

RESOURCE CONCERNS: Cultural resources and impacts to livestock grazing and commercial, federal, and private timber land.

WEATHER:  Today expect sunny conditions with a chance of afternoon cumulus buildup in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper eighties with relative humidity into the lower teens. Light northeasterly winds this morning will shift to the southwest this afternoon, with gusts up to 20 mph.

WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Tonight: Clear and cooler. Lows 44-50.  West to southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts of 15.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy becoming windy. Highs 78-83. Southwest winds 3 to 7 mph, increasing to 12 to 19 with gusts of 30 possible.

Wednesday: Mostly clear.  Lows 40-45. Highs 75-80. West to southwest winds 5 to 10 mph and gusty.

TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Expect an increase in activity today as fuels continue to dry and internal islands burn out.  Be aware of spotting potential next to containment lines if flare-ups occur.

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

For further Barry Point Fire Information see:

www.pnw2.com

www.inciweb.org/incident/3105/#

fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema

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