Mop-up efforts continue on the Substation Fire today, with firefighters working to find and extinguish the remaining hotspots on the fire. Crews will focus on areas along the Deschutes River and in the canyons where there were heavier pockets of fuel that might still be burning. In addition, fire resources will start to map areas that might have been damaged by the fire or by suppression efforts, including infrastructure, recreation sites along the river, fences, power poles, and dozer lines.
The fire did not grow yesterday and is now mapped at 79,121 acres. All evacuation levels have been lowered to Level 2, and should be further reduced soon. Resources from the amazing structure fire departments around the state of Oregon will be traveling home today, and the Type 1 Incident Management Team Pacific NW Team 2 will transition the fire back to the Bureau of Land Management and local fire departments tomorrow morning. While many wildland firefighters will be released to respond to other wildfires burning around the state, several engines and handcrews will remain on this incident to continue mopping up and patrolling the fire’s perimeter.
The Facebook Page and fire information line for the Substation Fire will no longer be maintained, and the Information Officers from the fire have provided the following information for community members:
Any questions regarding Evacuation Levels can be directed to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Sherman County Sheriff’s Office. Sherman County Emergency Services is also a great resource for support and future emergency notifications.
Are the powerlines in the area safe?
* Local utilities have reported downed power lines in the area. If you see downed or damaged powerlines, stay away and call 9-1-1 and/or your local power company. Learn more about power line safety: https://www.nwcg.gov/committee/6mfs/powerline-safety.
What kinds of long-term recovery resources are available?
* A Community Resources meeting is being planned for July 30 in The Dalles, OR and another one in Moro on July 31. More information will come out soon.
* Oregon’s Agriculture Department provides links to a wide range of disaster recovery resources and assistance programs. https://www.oregon.gov/…/agricul…/Pages/DroughtDisaster.aspx
* The Wasco County Farm Service Agency (FSA) can be reached at (541) 298-8559. The Oregon State Farm Service Agency can be reached at (503) 692-3688. Addresses and additional information at: https://tinyurl.com/y7w6ps4d
* The Salvation Army provides short and long-term disaster social services resources. The Salvation Army office in The Dalles can be reached at (541) 296-6417.
* The Red Cross provides financial and emotional recovery support resources at https://www.redcross.org/…/disaster-relief-and-recovery-serv…
* FEMA – A Fire Management Assistant Declaration was declared for the Substation Fire on July 18, 2018. If individual assistance dollars are approved, it will be announced at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/5255 (the website is updated every 24 hours).
What about recreation access along the Deschutes River?
* The area from Macks Canyon to the mouth of the Columbia burned on both sides of the river. Check the most current information and advisories by calling the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District Office at (541) 416-6700, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs at (541) 553-1161, or the State of Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation at (541) 388-6211 or visit the Recreation.gov site at https://tinyurl.com/ybnzj59u.
Deschutes River during and after Substation – boaters should be prepared to see black on both sides of the river and to use caution if pulling off or camping as there may still be hotspots, rolling rock, and damaged trees in danger of falling.