26 Sep 2008, 9:37am
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Wizard Fire

Location: 18 Miles NW of Sisters, Deschutes Co., OR

Specific Location: Wizard Falls, 1 mile N of Canyon Creek, 3 miles N of Camp Sherman, both sides Metolius River, Deschutes NF, Lat 44° 30´ 49″ Lon 121° 37´ 21″

Date of Origin: 09/25/2008
Cause: Human, escaped prescribed burn

Situation as of 10/04/2023 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 162
Size: 1,840 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,849,914

Light rain over fire area. Mop up, patrol and rehab. continued on all Divisions. Evacuation plan has been lifted. Transfer of command from IMT2 Paul to IMT3 Mitchel October 5 at 0600.


Situation as of 10/02/2024 at 3:00 PM
Personnel: 442
Size: 1,840 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $3,294,627

Area closure reduced. Successful burnout last operational period. Isolated showers over fire area.


Situation as of 10/01/2024 at 5:00 PM
Personnel: 562
Size: 1,500 acres
Percent contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $2,774,114

Burnout continues in Div Z as dictated by fire spread. Burnout operations to the 14 Road should be complete by end of night shift. Acreage increase (~400 acs) due to burnout operations.


Situation as of 09/30/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 533
Size: 1,190 acres
Percent contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,224,210

Firing operations continue from Green Ridge Lookout down ridge to Road 14. Burnout timing critical with fire weather and the fire spread towards the control line. Firing will occur later to continue to bring the fire edge off steeper slopes. Fire effects being considered closely within the Green Ridge RNA. Helicopter bucket support working to slow fire movement as well as prevent stand replacement fire intensities.


Situation as of 09/29/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 451
Size: 1,150 acres
Percent contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $1,500,000

Local public interest is very high. [No doubt. Camp Sherman is about the only patch of the Metolius watershed that hasn't been incinerated in the last 10 years. -Ed]

Fire grew ~650 acres in the last few days. Some of that is due to backburning. Fire still spreading N. Originally supposed to be a 30 acre prescribed fire, now 1,150 acres burned and $1.5 million spent.


Situation as of 09/28/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 449
Size: 500 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,025,000

Transfer of command to the ORCA type 2 IMT will occur at 0600 on 9/29.


Situation as of 09/27/2008 at 8:20 PM
Personnel: 424
Size: 500 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $400,000

The ORCA Type 2 team has been ordered, inbriefing scheduled for 1000 on 9/28.


Situation as of 09/26/2008 at 7:15 PM
Personnel: 257
Size: 300 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Area Closure was established today, Allen Springs, Pioneer Ford and Lower Bridge campgrounds are closed.

Active fire behavior with spotting up to 1 mile.


Situation as of 09/25/2008 at 8:00 PM
Personnel: 115
Size: 200 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Fire mostly E of Rd 14 and the Metolius River. Isolated crown runs with short range spotting. Fire moving uphill, downwind, to the E.

No report on structures at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.



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