Take an aerial tour of the French, Little Devil and Whitewater Fires narrated by Operations Section Chief Kyle Cannon. The fires are burning in steep and rugged terrain where inserting firefighters to construct direct fireline has very high risk due to falling trees and rocks and a low probability of success. Indirect fireline construction and strategic firing operations have been successful in preventing these fires from having a great impact on the values at risk, including private homes and timber lands. The footage in this video shows viewers exactly how steep, rugged and challenging this terrain really is for firefighters to work safely and effectively.
Filmed on August 16th and shared with the community of Detroit at the August 17th community meeting. #WhitewaterFire #FrenchFire #LittleDevilFire #ORWildfires U.S. Forest Service – Willamette National Forest
Fire Location: The Whitewater Fire is burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and adjacent forest lands, approximately 13 miles east of Detroit, Oregon. The Little Devil Fire is located North of the Whitewater Fire
Area, Road, and Trail Closures: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5420
Fire History: On July 23 smoke was reported in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness Area. Fire was actively burning approximately three miles east of the Whitewater Trailhead. The cause is a lightning strike from June. Pacific Northwest Team 2, a Type 1 Incident Management Team, took command of the Whitewater Fire, along with the Rebel, Avenue, and Box Canyon Fires on August 14 and the French Fire on August 15th.
Media are free to use this video in reports. Please credit USDA Forest Service Willamette National Forest
Filmed and edited by PIO Kale Casey Pacific Northwest Team 2