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Frog Fire Morning Update, August 23

Frog Fire Update

Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson

August 23, 2020 – 9:00 AM

The safety of the public and all wildland fire responders is always the number one priority for all wildland fire agencies.  To keep firefighters and communities healthy and safe, all firefighters are asked to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the spread of illness.  This also includes limited entry into the incident command post and spike camp.  Please see the websites below or contact the Frog Fire information center at 541-670-0812 for further fire information.

General Updates: Overnight the fire remained in the current footprint of approximately 3, 997 acres with 30% containment. Fire operations for the next few days will include establishing and reinforcing perimeters, watching for possible spots beyond current control lines, mopping up areas where fire activity allows and implementing repair processes to meet objectives identified by resource specialists. A spike camp near Post, Oregon continues to increase in size due to the bolstered number of resources arriving to assist.

“I am very proud of the work everyone has accomplished with the limited number of resources we have had these past few days,” Incident Commander Doug Johnson said Saturday evening. “We are now getting the critical items and personnel needed and we will continue to get the job done.”

Today’s weather will be hotter and drier with light winds in the morning slightly shifting and increasing in the afternoon. This shift in winds will push smoke away from parts of the fire giving crews and aircraft a clearer view of the fire.

The current Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area for the Frog Fire has been expanded. It is illegal to fly drones in the TFR restricted airspace. Remember – “If you fly. We can’t.”

Acreage: 3,997

Containment: 30%

Fire Information: 541-670-0812 (8:00 am to 9:00 PM)

E-mail:  [email protected]

Information Websites:

Twitter:@CentralORFire

Blog Site: https://centraloregonfire.org

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7036/

Smoke: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Weather:  Clear skies, warmer and drier today. Morning winds from the south shifting to the north in the afternoon. Temperature 83-87; RH 22-28%; winds 2-5 morning, 4-8 afternoon. Outlook for Monday partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms after 3pm. Temperature 80-84; RH 24-28%; wind could be gusty and erratic with thunderstorms. Overnight RH recoveries poor, 45-56%

Air Quality: An Air Quality Advisor has arrived on the incident.  The Air Resource Advisor will produce air quality products for Central Oregon communities. With multiple large fires in the region, air quality may become an issue. Our air resource advisors use advanced smoke forecasting models to give advance notice to communities ahead of degraded air quality from wildfire smoke. Detailed smoke forecasts for Oregon are available at oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Resources-456:  1-type 1 hand crew, 3-type 2 initial attack crew, 10 -type 2 crews, 1- light helicopter, 1-medium helicopter, 1- heavy helicopter, 14-engines, 2-skidgine, 6-dozers, 9-water tender, and overhead.

Evacuations: None 

Closures: Several road closures and an Area Closure have been implemented near the Frog Fire.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office has closed the following roads:

On the south end:

· Roberts Road at Bear Creek

· Klootchman Creek Road at Bear Creek

· Salt Creek at Roberts Road

On the north end:

· Forest Service Road 16 at the junction of Forest Service Road 1610

A temporary Area Closure also has been implemented by the Ochoco National Forest. For a full description and map of the Area Closure, please see the above Inciweb link.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: For the safety of the firefighters and aircraft fighting the Frog Fire, a temporary flight restriction has been placed over the fire area.  Please consult the Notice to Airman for specifics.

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