News Update 7-16-2012
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The Bonita Complex consists of two separate fires that were started by lightning on July 9, 2012. They are the Bonita Fire, which is 8,304 acres, and the Iron Fire, which is 9,884 acres. These fires are located 15 miles NW of the town of Westfall, Oregon.
The fires are burning in short grasses, sagebrush of varying heights, and some Juniper trees. The terrain is rugged and access is remote. The fires are also burning in areas of key Sage Grouse habitat, along with grazing range for the area. Temperatures are hovering in the 90 degree range, with humidity around 15-20 percent. Isolated thunderstorms are forecasted for the coming week.
The Complex is being managed by a Type 3 team, with Dave LaChapelle as Incident Commander.
|Date of Origin||Monday July 09th, 2012 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||15 miles SW of Westfall, OR|
|Incident Commander||Dave Lachapella|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday July 17th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
Short grasses, sagebrush, and Juniper trees
Smoldering and creeping fire
Much of the fire area received rainfall yesterday and overnight from thunderstorms, perhaps as much as .02 inches.
The Type 3 organization will continue with patrol, mop up, and suppression rehabilitation.
Transfer of command to Type 3 organization is scheduled to occur at 0600 July 16, 2012.
|Wind Conditions||8-14 G20 mph W|