South Valley Fire Update, August 5

The South Valley Fire is in full mop-up. While the fire has reached 40 percent containment, an overnight infrared flight revealed smoldering hot spots in many areas along the fire’s perimeter. Fire crews will be spending the next few days cooling the edges and well into the fire’s interior. The size of the fire remains 20,026 acres.
Today, firefighters will once again be working under more favorable conditions with mild (but warmer) temperatures and light winds. The priority will be cooling hot spots and digging up duff from the perimeter to at least 75 feet into the interi- or of the fire that will prevent any burning embers from crossing containment lines. Six helicopters are remaining on standby should a new fire start or some- thing from this fire carry over containment lines. Tonight, operations will include mop-up and patrol of containment lines.
With the threat to homes diminishing, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Green Team has demobilized and returned to their respective home bases. While the OSFM team has left, structure protection remains in place with the reallocation of existing resources. ODF IMT #2 Incident Commander Chris Cline and the rest of the team would like to thank OSFM for their valued partnership and leadership in the protection of the communities in and around Dufur. “We mobilize as two teams, but come together as one when duty calls,“ said Cline. “We wish the Green Team well and safe travels and look forward to serving with them in the future.”
Evacuations and Structures:
Evacuation levels remain unchanged with a level 2 (set) and level 1 (ready) still in place. Fire and Wasco County Sheriff officials continue assessing the situation and will provide updates as conditions improve. For details on evacuation orders visit Wasco County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The Bureau of Land Management will con- tinue to keep Segment 3 of the Deschutes River corridor from Sandy Beach to Mack’s Canyon open unless conditions change for the worse.
Note: This will be the only formal update for today. Please follow us on Face- book for any changes throughout the day.
Size: Estimated at
Containment: Start Date/Time:
Expected Containment Date:
Location: Cause:
Est. Cost: Personnel:
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Assigned Aircraft: Injuries:
Critical Resources Needs:
Structures Threatened: Structures Damaged: Structures Destroyed:
# People Impacted:
20,026 acres
40 %
8/1/2018 1:30 p.m. 8/9/18
Wasco County Human caused
$3.46 million
14 crews, 57 engines, 6 dozers, 16 water tenders, 4 skidgines
6 helicopters None
3 primary residences 15 outbuildings
Levels 1 and 2 None
None Chris Cline, Incident Commander, Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 2

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