The Brattain Fire is currently burning approximately 10 miles south of Paisley. It was discovered Monday night. The fire is burning in sagebrush-juniper with stringers of Ponderosa Pine in steep, rugged terrain with limited access points and high winds. The weather forecast is for continued hot afternoon temperatures and exceptionally dry weather through the weekend.
Yesterday the fire was wind-driven to the west, crossing the Chewaucan River and Forest Road 33 and into the burned area from the 2018 Watson Creek Fire. The fire saw dramatic growth as a result, increasing more than 3,000 acres during the afternoon and evening. East flank containment lines held, with plans to continue to secure the lines Thursday.
The local South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) Type 3 Team took command of the incident. Firefighters will look for opportunities to secure the south flank and start indirect line construction on the north end. Fire managers will be monitoring conditions, including weather and shifting wings. Resources continue to be ordered, but with increased fire activity in the Pacific Northwest and California over the past week, there is limited availability.
The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued emergency fire closure order 06-02-03-20-02 for the area east and south of Forest Road 28 and Forest Road 3315, also known as the High Road. Both roads remain open. Forest Road 33 is closed at the Forest Boundary south of Paisley to the junction with Forest Road 28. Forest Road 3510, which makes the southern edge of the closure area is closed, as is Forest Road 3510-018 from Clover Flat Road to the Forest Boundary. All recreation sites within the closure area are closed as a result, including Marster Spring Campground, Chewaucan Crossing Campground, Jones Crossing Forest Camp, Moss Meadow Horse Camp, Moss Pass Trailhead and Campground, Hanan/Coffeepot Trailhead and the Fremont National Recreation Trail.
Public and firefighter safety, health and well-being are the highest priorities. The Public is advised to follow the closure order and avoid the area if possible. If traveling in the area, please be aware of increased fire traffic. COVID-19 protocols are in place, being practiced and adhered to.