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Gov. Kate Brown focused Oregon's attention on the active wildfire situation in Oregon at a morning news conference in Portland today. ODF's Chief of Fire Protection Doug Grafe and other state agencies shared how they are responding to the wildfire emergency the Gov. declared Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Highway 138 West Fire burns 60 acres in Douglas County

Update Sept. 14, 2016
 
Contact: 
Kyle Reed
Douglas Forest Protective Association
541-672-6507 x136              
kyle.reed@oregon.gov

Firefighters were able to keep the Highway 138 West fire in check overnight and improved control lines around the immediate edge of the fire. No additional spread was reported, and the fire is still estimated at 60 acres.

Today, 110 firefighters will work to continue mopping up hot spots, starting on the edge of the fire and working into the center, with the goal of extinguishing all burning or smoldering materials within the perimeter.  Mopping up the perimeter of the fire is today's No. 1 priority, as heavy fuel loading inside the fire area could potentially hold heat for a long period of time. Crews on the ground will be aided in their efforts by three helicopters that will be used as needed on the fire today.

One lane of highway 138 West is currently open with flaggers as fire crews and Oregon Dept. of Transportation work to remove any hazards along the roadway. Drivers in the area are asked to use caution when driving near the fire as fire equipment will be coming in and out of the fire site throughout the day. Updates on the status of the highway will be available on www.tripcheck.com.

DFPA would like to thank all the local fire departments, ODOT, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and local landowners who have helped with the suppression efforts of the Highway 138 West Fire.

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