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Larch Creek Fire Update | July 11, 2024

Acres: 10,686
Containment: 0%
Resources: 144 overhead, 23 engines, 9 handcrews, 4 water tenders, 5 dozers
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ODF Team 2 will transition into unified command with OSFM Green Team this evening.

Dufur, Ore. – Throughout the evening winds subsided and the Larch Creek Fire growth slowed. Dozers working through the night made good progress putting in control line and engines patrolled near homes in the fire area.

Today structure task forces will continue to mop up and secure around homes in the fire area. Firefighters will be putting in hose lays and working with engines and water tenders to strengthen control lines. Dozers and crews will work on establishing line around the fire footprint on the east side of highway 197. Air resources continue to be available and will engage as needed throughout the day.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Team 2 will shadow the Central Oregon IMT today. This evening at 6:00 p.m. ODF Team 2 and OSFM Green Team will officially transition into unified command. A huge Thank You to the Central Oregon Type 3 Interagency IMT for their coordination and efforts on this quick emerging incident.

The weather today is expected temperatures in the low 90’s with afternoon winds that should moderate into the evening. The next few days we should see temperatures continuing to decrease and less substantial winds in the fire area, a very welcome forecast for our firefighters. Yesterday there was one firefighter with heat related injuries who was transported to a local hospital.

Stay informed on updated evacuation alerts here: https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff?ref=embed_page

A Red Cross shelter is open at Maupin High School for all community members effected by the current evacuations.

Sherman County Fairgrounds is open for evacuation of livestock and pets. Hood River Fairgrounds is also open to displaced animals. Hwy 197 is being closely monitored and may be closed or have traffic control, check Trip Check for updates. Road & Weather Conditions Map | TripCheck – Oregon Traveler Information

Be aware of the extreme fire danger we are currently experiencing! Know Before You Go and check for Fire Restrictions in your area.

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