Stubblefield Fire August 19th Evening Update

Incident Commanders:  Ian Yocum, Oregon State Fire Marshal

Jake Akerberg, Bureau of Land Management

Contact: Rich Tyler 541-239-3619, OSFM Public Information Officer

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               Gilliam County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/GilliamCountySheriff/

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Evacuation levels changed today on the Lonerock Fire in the community of Lonerock. The Sheriff issued a Level 1 Be Ready! notification for the west side of Lonerock Road from Lost Valley Road south to the Gilliam/Wheeler County Line. A Level 1 Be Ready! notification was also issued for Buckhorn Lane due to increased fire activity south of Thirty Mile Canyon. The Sheriff urges everyone to avoid these areas. Please allow Fire Traffic only for the safety of the fire crews and public.

Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team ordered 3 more Task Forces which have arrived as of Sunday evening. These Task Forces will bolster the numbers of boots on the ground protecting homes in South Gilliam County. The new Task Forces are from Linn County, Polk County and Clatsop County.

The Bureau of Land Management has ordered a Type 2 Incident Management Team to assume command of the Stubblefield, Seale, Buckhorn and Jennie’s Peak Fires burning in Gilliam and Wheeler Counties. This team is staffed to handle the complexity of managing multiple
wildfires. The teams will work together under a Unified Command structure, with the OSFM team focusing on structure protection and the BLM Type 2 Team coordinating the wildfire suppression.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Lower Columbia Basin (which includes South Gilliam County) from 11:00AM until 9:00PM tomorrow, Monday August 20. The warning is for critical winds and low humidity. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the area.

There was a community meeting at the South Gilliam County RFPD Fire Station in Condon Sunday evening. Many questions and concerns were answered and addressed. There will be a community meeting at the Lonerock Community Hall in Lonerock Monday evening at 7:00PM.

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