Mount Angel provides help with Graham fire in Central Oregon
Two volunteers with Mount Angel Fire District returned home safe Sunday night after joining the Marion County task force at the Graham fire near Culver early June 22.
The volunteers, Bill Dallas and Aaron Johnson, took a fire engine, joining Jefferson, Drakes Crossing, Silverton, and Marion County fire districts to make up one of the task forces to assist in the conflagration.
Latest reports are around 2,000 acres in size with level 3 evacuations.
According to a report from 8 a.m. June 26, after three days with no additional perimeter growth and well-established control lines, the Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 2 will be handing management of the Graham Fire in Jefferson County back to the ODF Central Oregon District Wednesday morning. Control lines around the fire's perimeter have been mopped up to at least 50 feet. However, local residents may still expect to see occasional smoke from pockets of unburnt fuel smoldering in the fire's interior.
Resources on the fire as of Tuesday included 10 hand crews, two helicopters, 17 engines, one dozer, three water tenders and 338 personnel. Containment is estimated at 85 percent.
ODF's Central Oregon District will continue the use of additional engines and fire crews to achieve 100 percent containment. The district strategies will include daily engine patrols and mop up operations.
The Graham Fire was a hot, fast-moving wildfire driven by strong winds, dry conditions and light flashy fuels that burned in the wildland urban interface in and around the community of Three Rivers. The firestorm torched trees and produced 100-foot flame lengths. Thanks to the responsive efforts of local wildland and structural suppression forces as well as prior defensible space created by local residents, the fire was held to 2,175 acres.
Team 2 fire managers leave behind an excellent safety record. More than 300 personnel were assigned to the incident and no injuries were reported.