Warm Springs Fire Management, Incident Commander, Lionel Smith
Bureau of Land Management
June 25, 2021
On June 24th, 2021 at 1626 or 4:26 pm – a small fire was reported on the southeast area of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation. This area is above the former Warm Springs Mill site and also behind the Composite Products Enterprise building.
Shortly after the first fire was reported, 2 more small fires were observed and reported. These fires were responded to by the Warm Springs Fire Management Department lead by Incident Commander (IC) Lionel Smith. The fires grew and merged together on the Warm Springs Reservation or West side of the Deschutes River. The fires were initially referred to as the Lower Deck Fire / Mill Fire. It is now known as of 1200 on June 25, as the Lower Log Deck Fire.
The Lower Log Deck Fire, which was heavily wind driven spotted to the east side of the Deschutes River. The spot then ran up a ridge and spread out to the southeast and northeast along the canyon walls. Some of the land that was burnt was on BLM or Bureau of Land Management areas.
Crews, engines and aerial support responded including the Warm Springs Fire Management, a Jefferson Co. Structure Task Force, ODF and Prineville BLM.
The fire was divided up into 3 divisions by the IC. The east flank or on top of the plateau along the fire’s perimeter and south flank on the canyon wall, in between the plateau and Deschutes river were roughly contained first. This was followed by containment of the northern flank. Crews on the north flank were heavily assisted by aerial support including a Heavy Air-tanker dropping retardant, 3 helicopters rotating water drops, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) and an Air Attack for reconnaissance.
Acreage: 491 acres
Containment: 50% as of 1200
Fire Information: (541) 553-2004 / 0600 to 2100
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