Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Weigh Station Fire: 10 a.m. Update

Firefighters working the night shift on the Weigh Station fire used infrared cameras to help detect hot spots near the fire line Monday night.  This method for locating problem areas near the line, will help firefighter to improve the strength of fire lines in preparation for the potential wind event this afternoon.  The Weigh Station fire located near Meacham, Oregon has burned 688 acres and is 35% contained today.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. Firefighters will focus on mopping up the hot spots located by the night shift and continuing the hazard tree work along roadways and utility corridors today.  As of Tuesday, news releases will be issued once per day for this incident.

Residents in the area from the weigh station on Deadman Pass to Emigrant Springs State Park are advised that they are still under a Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice.  A Level 1 “READY” means “Be Ready” for potential evacuation.  Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.  If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel will contact residents. Emigrant Springs State Park will be opening to campers and travelers this morning.

Damage assessments of the fire area have been conducted by fire managers.  Two outbuildings were lost in the fire.  No permanent residences were lost.  Utility crews have been on site to assess damage to infrastructure and make repairs where necessary.    

Impacts to travelers along I-84 should be minimal, however drivers should be aware that fire traffic will still be present in the area.  Flare ups within the fire lines may cause brief areas of smoke along the interstate.  Check www.tripcheck.com for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.

This year to date, 364 wildfires in Oregon have been human caused.  This accounts for 419.72 acres.  Fire managers are asking the public to please be aware of fire restrictions and regulations.  ODF is currently under a Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon and federal lands currently have public use restrictions in effect.   Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org.

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 

To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1. 


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