Monday, July 31, 2006

Black Crater Fire

Black Crater Fire

I have received several comments and questions on my blog last week on the fire near Sisters. It got worse over the weekend, and today seems to be better. The Sheriff’s Department is allowing evacuated residents to return in at least one area tonight.

I advise folks to check authoritative sources for information. I only know what I read on line or see on television. Here are a couple of sources…one is a TV station that seems to be on top of things The other is the State of Oregon NW Incident Team site :

Both of them tell the story and are updated regularly. Attached is the most recent press relase I could find...

Northwest Oregon Interagency

Incident Management Team

Black Crater Fire July 31, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

Media Contact: Bernie Pineda

Black Crater Fire Information: 541-549-3211

Evening Fire Update

For Immediate Release:

Black Crater Fire 20 Per Cent Contained

With cooler temperatures and lower-than-predicted winds today, firefighters continued to make progress on the 9,000 acre Black Crater fire with 20 percent containment this afternoon. Reduced smoke in the fire area allowed five heavy helicopters and four air tankers to treat hot spots on the perimeter of the fire. The combination of air and ground support further strengthened fire line between the fire and the Crossroads, Edgington and Tollgate subdivisions.

Five Type-1 hand crews and 23-Type-2 hand crews worked to continue burnout operations along portions of the fire line, and to extinguish hot spots within the line. In addition, 51 engines and 16 dozers aided efforts to extinguish the blaze. Efforts by personnel and equipment produced little to no movement of the fire toward threatened subdivisions east of the fire. The fire continued to move though unsecured portions of the fire within the Three Sisters Wilderness on west side of the fire.

The Southeast Blue Team, a National Type 1 Incident Management Team, will assume command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

Updated information on the status of the fire will be provided at the two daily community briefings at Sisters High School (10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.).

For addition Fire Information visit our team website:,

Due to the level of current activity at the fire we regret that

we are unable to reply to email messages to the team website.

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