Date: September 18, 2011 McKenzie River Ranger District (541) 822-3381
Shadow Lake Fire Idles as Rehabilitation Continues
Sisters, Oregon – On Sunday, the Shadow Lake Fire is expected to continue to smolder and produce minimal smoke. Cool weather is predicted with a chance of drizzle. Fire behavior potential may increase this week as it gets warmer and fuels dry after this cooler, damp period ends.
Sunday’s objectives in the operational plan call for continuation of hazard tree removal, chipping of fire debris and spot fire patrol along the north, west and east perimeter of the fire. Additionally, firefighters are continuing rehabilitation work on areas altered as a result of suppression activities. The objective of rehabilitation is to return altered areas to pre-fire conditions as much as possible. From day one, the number one objective in suppressing this fire has been, and remains, firefighter and public safety.
The transfer of command of the Shadow Lake Fire from the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team to a Type 3 Incident Management Team took place at 6:00 a.m. today. The Shadow Lake Fire remains at approximately 10,000 acres with 40% containment. Assigned personnel have been reduced to 263. If there is significant fire activity or changes in closures, it will be posted on Inciweb at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2550,
Fire information phone numbers have changed. On Sunday, September 18, contact McKenzie River Ranger District (541) 822-3381. On Monday, September 20 and thereafter, both McKenzie River Ranger District and Sisters Ranger District (541) 549-7700 may be contacted for Shadow Lake Fire information.