INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER
September 18, 2015 Update
Halfway, OR – The Dry Gulch Fire is now 17,823 acres and 75 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Type 1 Incident Management Team will hand the fire back to local jurisdictions at the end of shift today and travel back to their respective home units tomorrow.
With little smoke showing, firefighters will use infrared hand held devices to locate hot spots throughout the fire area and perform mop-up to ensure that there is no potential for future flare-ups or escape. This procedure is very similar to putting a campfire completely out by drowning the fire and breaking up the material. Rehabilitation efforts are also taking place to repair the landscape and infrastructure damaged by fire suppression efforts. Rehab work includes mending fences and constructing water bars along dozer and hand lines to prevent future erosion from heavy rains.
The fire team would like to take this opportunity and thank the residents in Halfway, Richland, New Bridge, Carson and Cornucopia for their hospitality and support during the fire suppression effort.
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