Frog Fire Update August 29

Northwest Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Doug Johnson

August 29, 2020 – 9:00 AM

This will be the last update from the Northwest Incident Management Team 8 (NWIMT8). NWIMT8 would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the community, cooperators, agency staff, and firefighters for the unwavering support during our management of the Frog Fire. The management of the Frog Fire is being returned to a local Type 4 management organization Sunday morning. Fire suppression repairs and patrols will be ongoing in the Frog Fire area.

General Updates: The anticipated cold front forecasted to move through the area later this afternoon and into this evening has firefighters watching the skies and the fire perimeter. With persistent 25 mph winds expected in the evening, firefighters will remain vigilant and ready to respond to any spots or embers pushed across the Frog Fire containment lines. High winds, dry fuels and low relative humidity could test containment lines on the fire.  Crews continue to mop up, strengthen and patrol containment lines on all flanks of the incident.

Back hauling of excess equipment from the fire line has begun and fire fighters are working to repair dozer line and resource impacts from fire suppression. As these objectives are met, resources will be released to return home or be reassigned to assist on other fires. 

A special reminder to hunters and recreationalists that despite milder temperatures, fuels are extremely dry and readily receptive to ignition.  Please do your part to prevent wildfires.

Acreage: 4,020

Containment: 90%

Fire Information: 541-670-0812 (8:00 am to 9:00 PM). This number will change Sunday morning back to Central Oregon Dispatch Fire Information Desk: 541-316-7711.

Information Websites:

            Twitter: @CentralORFire

            Blog Site: https://centraloregonfire.org

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

Smoke: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Weather: Temperatures will be in the high 70s to low 80s with relative humidity ranging from 11 to 16 percent.  Winds will be northwest 2 to 5 mph in the morning and increasing to 6 to 10 mph by midafternoon with gusts to 16 mph.  Big changes will likely arrive by Saturday afternoon and evening as a strong, dry cold front pushes over the fire.

A red flag warning is in effect from 3 P.M. to 10 P.M. today for windy and dry conditions.

Air Quality: The air quality can change daily; up-to-date information for Oregon is available at oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

Resources-404:  3-type 2 initial attack crews, 8-type 2 crews, 1-heavy helicopter, 3-medium helicopter, 1-light helicopter, 11-engines, 1-skidgine, 1-water tenders, and miscellaneous 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 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: The temporary flight restriction that has been in place over the fire will be removed Saturday evening at 8:00 P.M.

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