Thursday, August 11, 2016
FIRE OPERATIONS ON THE RAIL FIRE MAY INCREASE SMOKE
While the Rail Fire has been at 10% containment for several days, firefighters are making great progress as they work around the clock to provide for human safety and protect property and resources. During initial attack in the first hours of this fire, conditions and terrain allowed for the use of direct suppression tactics (working right at the edge of the active fire). Those actions were successful in limiting impacts on private land to 13 acres and those lines on the east side remain secure.
However, this fire is now burning deeper into the watershed with steep slopes on three sides covered by thick forests of dead standing and down lodge pole pine. Direct suppression in this area with its many snags and down trees would be an unacceptable and unnecessary risk to firefighters. Indirect lines (lines back from the active fire edge) defined by ridges, existing fuel breaks, favorable terrain, and private property boundaries are being completed and will be used to contain the remainder of the fire.
Rail Fire Information: (541) 446-3592
Date: August 11, 2016