Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
Rail Fire Update
August 17, 2016
The Rail Fire burned actively on Tuesday, pushing hard against portions of the western line. With the assistance of air tankers and helicopters, firefighters were able to keep it from lapping over the Baker/Grant county line at the crest. The fire continued actively burning throughout the night as the air remained warm and dry.
The fire continued its advance into the Monument Rock Wilderness at the southern end of the fire.
Meanwhile, the line along the northeastern edge held, and mop-up was initiated along the eastern flank.
A significant segment of the western line was burned out by firefighters last night in order to establish a more secure fire break.
Hot and dry conditions are expected again today. The maximum temperature will be 92 degrees, with relative humidity between 14 and 17%. The wind on the ridges will be from the northwest at 9-12 mph, with gusts to 20 mph.
Smoke conditions are being monitored continually. For information on expected smoke conditions and suggested appropriate actions, please visit www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.
The Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur National Forests are in the process of updating the closure order. It will be posted on Inciweb when it is finalized.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 22,683 acres
Location: 5 miles west of Unity, Oregon
Cause: Under Investigation
22 Water tenders
4 Type 1 heavy helicopters
1 Type 2 medium helicopter
2 Type 3 light helicopter
The fire area and multiple roads are closed. The current closure order can be found on Inciweb (see below).
(Click “Maps” for the closure map)