Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks





Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cactus Mountain fire in Wallowa County - Sunday update

Fire Size:  7,668 Acres

Containment: 10%
Location: 17 miles N/NE of Imnaha
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel: Approximately 120
Closures/Restrictions:  Dug Bar Road at Fence Creek to all public access

Fire Information:
(541) 432-6028
Staffed 8a.m.-9p.m.
cactusmtnfire0616@gmail.com

Inciweb
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2661


Yesterday was a good day on the fire. Firefighters continued to keep the fire east of Summit Ridge, and to the west of the Snake River. Structure protection for the Litch Ranch, along with additional work in the Cow Creek area was accomplished. Smoke jumpers and aircraft worked the ridges. and 44 loads of retardant were dropped totaling 27,776 gallons. Additional bucket drops of water were also used.


Crews will continue today to notify hunters in the Lord Flat area of this fire, as a precautionary measure for public safety. Approximately 30 vehicles were located at the gate on the road leading into Lord Flat.

Fire behavior is expected to be intense Sunday, as temperatures in the canyon, will reach 100 degrees or higher. Relative humidity is forecasted to be in the single digits. Wind gusts should be around 18 mph in the canyon. Fire could potentially spot today up to a half-mile away. There will be additional heavy helicopters assisting in the suppression effort today.

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