GRANDVIEW FIRE UPDATE
Sisters, OR – Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander Matt Howard, and Oregon State Fire Marshal Office Red Team, Incident Commander Ian Yocum, have joined in unified command on the Grandview Fire northeast of Sisters. The arrival of the fire management organization brings in additional overhead capacity and firefighting resources.
The fire is estimated at 5,723 acres and 5 percent contained.
Governor Kate Brown enacted the Conflagration Act yesterday afternoon allowing additional resources throughout the state to mobilize to the Grandview Fire. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Office mobilized task forces from Marion, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lane, Umatilla and Columbia County in addition to a hand crew out of Clackamas County to protect the 421 homes that are under threat from the Grandview Fire. The arrival of these resources will build on the tremendous work that local firefighters accomplished the last two days and allow them to be ready for new fires and other emergency calls for service within their fire district.
Persistent winds from the north and east have pushed the fire to the southwest into Stevens Canyon. While much of the east side of the fire is lined, there are a few areas of concern along Whychus Creek. Firefighters have been holding the fire west of Whychus Creek, while picking up small spot fires that have crossed over. Despite the active fire behavior, fire crews and aircraft are having success throughout much of the fire area. Much of the east and south portions of the fire, that pose the most threat to populated areas, have containment lines in place. Crews will continue to tie a few areas together and strengthen the edges through mop-up operations.
Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation shelter at Sisters Middle School. The Deschutes County Fairgrounds is accepting animals. For the Pet Evacuation Team, call 541-610-6628. Please follow the Deschutes and Jefferson County Sheriff’s office at https://sheriff.deschutes.org/ or https://www.jeffco.net/sheriffdeschutescountysheriff.