Cemetery Fire Update

Special Announcements:

Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8 (Team 8), Incident Commander, Doug Johnson, assumed management of the Cemetery Fire this morning at 6:00 am.  The incident command post (ICP) is located at the Paulina School and fire camp is located at the Rodeo Grounds in Paulina, Oregon. The Cemetery Fire was started by early morning lightning storms on July 16th and is burning on Ochoco National Forest, Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry protected private lands, and Post-Paulina Rangeland Fire Protection Association protected lands.

Team 8 would like to thank Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Team 3, incident commander Don Tschida, for the excellent work during the initial and extended attack of the Cemetery Fire.

General Updates: Firefighters, supported by aerial operations of water and retardant drops, worked diligently yesterday to surround the 1,300 acre fire.  Gusty winds and low humidity provided suppression challenges to ground firefighting resources.  Large islands of unburned fuels continue to burn within the interior of the fire.  Values at Risk include grazing and private lands, Greater Sage Grouse habitat, and timber.

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Information Center: (541) 316-7711.

E-mail: [email protected]

Information Websites:

              Twitter: @centralorfireinfo

              Blog Site: www.centraloregonfire.org

Weather:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 pm tonight for low humidity and gusty winds.  Temperatures are forecasted for 90-93 degrees with humidity of 8-11%.  Winds will become northwest 8 – 12 mph with gusts to 26 mph.

Current Fire Information:

Today, firefighters will hold and improve established fire lines, look for spots of heat, and begin mop-up operations.

Aerial assets are available if needed.


Resources:  1-type 1 crew, 1-type 2 initial attack crews, 7-type 2 crews, 13-engines, 2-skigengines, 1-heavy helicopters, 1-medium helicopter, 3-dozers, and 5-water tenders.

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