July 7, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Niagara Fire Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oregon Department of Forestry
North Cascades District, Santiam Unit
Russ Lane, Incident Commander
Fire Information: (503) 801-8468. http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
Fire at a glance:
Size: 70 acres, 35% contained
Location: Adjacent to Big Cliff Dam on Highway 22
Aircraft: Two Type 2 helicopters
Weather: warm and dry today
A fire containment line has been established around the Niagara Fire and additional growth is not anticipated. The fire is mapped at 70 acres and containment is 35%.
The goal for July 7, 2015 is to secure the fire containment line by extinguishing all fire adjacent to it and working inward. Firefighting hose has been positioned along a portion of the line providing firefighters with a ready source of water. Tuesday night, 6,000 gallons of water were used in this effort. Where the ground is just too steep for a person to walk helicopters will drop water to cool the fire. At the morning briefing Blake Ellis, Operations Chief, established the importance of the work saying “there are challenges out there but I don’t want you to go quickly over it, make sure it is 100% out”.
Depending on the firefighters work today, containment is expected to steadily increase. Infrared (heat seeing) cameras were used last night to check for remaining fire along Highway 22 where the fire began. Very little fire was found in the area, and that will be put out today. Even though the fire is located on very rugged and rocky ground progress has been good. Russ Lane, Incident Commander, commented that he was “super impressed with the efforts of the firefighters”.
There are no road or recreational closures associated with the fire at this time.
The Niagara Fire was first reported July 4, 2015 and is located adjacent to the Big Cliff Dam along Highway 22. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire restrictions are in effect on the Willamette National Forest and state and private forests, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/fire/precautionlevelmap.aspx.