19 Jul 2009, 8:42am
Oregon
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Whitney Fire

Location: 10 miles north of Crater Lake, Douglas and Klamath Cos., OR
Specific Location: 3 miles S of Diamond Lake, Lat 43° 04´ 55″, Lon 122° 08´ 25″

Date of Origin: 07/03/2023
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/22/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 114
Size: 92 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

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Situation as of 07/21/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 197
Size: 92 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $901,694

Type 2 IMT (Paul) to transfer command local Type 3 today.

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Situation as of 07/21/2009 7:45 am
Personnel: 185
Size: 92 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Type 2 IMT (Paul) committed.

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Situation as of 07/20/2009 noon
Personnel: 185
Size: 92 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Fire has hand line constructed around the perimeter. Fire Weather Watch in effect today for a Haines 6 with strong winds predicted. Coordination with State Police and ODOT of traffic on Hwy 230.

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Situation as of 07/19/2009 8:15 am
Personnel: 0
Size: ~100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported

This fire was not reported by the Northwest Interagency Coordinating Center until today, 07/19, although it has been burning for 2 weeks. The National Park Service adopted a Let It Burn strategy and the fire has spread into the Umpqua National Forest.

The Oregon State Police have been called upon to manage traffic on Highway 230 due to heavy smoke. Smoke has also choked Crater Lake in violation of the strict Clear Air Act provisions there. Human health and safety have been put at risk as Federal functionaries incinerate Oregon forests in secret Let It Burn fires.

Craig Ackerman, Crater Lake NP superintendent, is the official responsible for allowing the Whitney Fire to burn unchecked. His phone number is (541) 594-3000.

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