Stand 4 - Powder House Turn
This point is located at the head of the Powder House drainage, along Alder Springs Road and offers personnel involved in the incident their best vantage of the overall fire and the Powder House drainage. It logically became the ICP for the incident. It is from this point that 21 Missionary crewmembers and 3 Forest Service overhead, in three different groups, were dispatched to attack and control the Missionary Spot Fire.
At approximately 22:03 spot fires developed below the road at Powder
House Turn (Figure 3 - Points 22,30,24,23,26, & 27) due to a wind
shift shortly after 21:45 from the west, down slope. Personnel at
Powder House Turn took action on the spot fires. All of the detected
spot fires were either quickly controlled or burning upslope towards
the road. While devising a plan to contain the rest of the spots
a glow was observed further down the down the slope near the bottom
(Figure 3 - Point 28). All focus was then directed to this new spot
that was burning in a northeasterly direction. Lafferty soon realized
that escape route for the men at the Missionary spot fire might
become compromised. At 22:15 Lafferty left Powder House Turn to
warn the men working on the Missionary Spot Fire.