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20170628-0001        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
06/26/2017 0800
Event Stop Date:
Incident Name:
2017 WIF ABC Misc
Fire Number:
Local Unit:
Willamette NF
Incident Type:
Incident Activity:
Stage of Incident:
Extended Attack
Position Title:
Center Manager 
Initial And Extended Attack Initial Attack Aircraft 
Management Level:
Resources Involved:
Crew, engines 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Human Factors:
Other Factors:
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
Eugene Interagency Communication Center (Dispatch) has been struggling over the past few months with low volume coming from Dispatch and other base stations on certain repeaters located on the Willamette NF, Siuslaw NF, and Northwest Oregon District BLM. The Willamette NF, Siuslaw NF, and NW Oregon Districts received lightning on June 25th and 26th. With the new fires, this became a safety issue on Monday as we began to mobilize resources. Huckleberry repeater is one of our malfunctioning repeaters, and we currently have 3 fires that rely on that repeater to communicate. We contacted our radio technicians and they came over on Tuesday, June 27th and made some adjustments which seemed to fix the volume issue on that specific repeater. This evening we began having issues with this repeater again, and are now unable to transmit on Huckleberry from our Dispatch Center or the base station at Middle Fork Ranger Station. We do not believe this problem is unique to the Huckleberry repeater or the Middle Fork zone, but is widespread across much of our radio system across both the Siuslaw and Willamette National Forest, as well as portions of the Northwest Oregon District.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
I contacted the radio techs and they are planning to travel to the Middle Fork district and start troubleshooting the issue tomorrow. We are mitigating as best as we can with human repeaters and will not staff fires if we are unable to establish positive contact.

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