Current Situation:Today’s goal for the fire fighters was to complete the fireline around the entire fire perimeter. Hand crews and dozers will continue working through tonight to try meet that goal.
Although the fire didn’t increase in size today, the warmer temperatures and lower relative humidity affected fire behavior. Moderate burning and smokes were visible and some torching of timber was seen on the west side of the fire.
On the east side of the fire, where there are lighter fuels and fewer hot spots, crews were able to start mop-up. The spot fire in the southern portion of the fire is 100% lined and mop-up has begun. Crews assisted by helicopter water drops focused on extinguishing any fire outside the perimeter. Fallers continue working on dropping snags along roads.
Dennis Perilli, fire behavior analyst, commented that “While yesterday’s rainfall helped dampen the lighter fuels and extinguish small smokes -it didn’t soak into the larger fuels enough to put the fire out.”
Firefighter resources are expected to remain the same over the next 2-3 days with both day and night shifts.
There have been no injuries to incident firefighters.
The incident command post is located at 289 East Hardisty St. (in the community center), Long Creek, Ore.
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 2,984 acres
Cause: under investigation
Expected full containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Hand crews: 18
Air Tankers: 0
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 423
Estimated Costs to Date: $705,854
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