Monday, August 1, 2016

Weigh Station Fire: 6 p.m. Update

Firefighters continued to mop up 300 feet in from the control lines on the Weigh Station Fire near Meacham, Oregon.  Afternoon winds were more active than yesterday, but control lines held.  Goals for the nightshift firefighters tonight are to continue to improve control lines and monitor for flare-ups.  306 personnel are assigned to the fire.  There was no fire growth today, however, firefighters were able to map the entire perimeter of the fire and the fire size is now reported at 688 acres and 35% contained.

The lands north and south of Interstate 84 from the Weigh Station on Deadman Pass to Emigrant Springs State Park are currently at a Level 1 “READY” 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 may contact residents. Emigrant Springs State Park will be opening to campers and travelers Tuesday morning.

Travelers along the interstate should remain alert to the fact that firefighting activities are still occurring in the area and to watch out for heavy equipment and firefighters.  Please use caution as areas of smoke may still impair vision at times.  Check for up to date information regarding travel conditions in Oregon.

Tuesday’s weather forecast for the area calls for maximum temperatures of 70-77 degrees and westerly winds increasing to 8 to 14 mph in the afternoon.  “Tomorrow’s critical fire weather will test control lines.  If lines hold, there will be an increase in the fire containment.” said Joseph Goebel, Oregon Department of Forestry.

 Citizens are asked to continue to use caution and adhere to regulations.  The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated Use Closure in Northeast Oregon and federal lands are currently under public use restrictions.  Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at 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. 


Snag burning on Weigh Station Fire.

Photo Courtesy of Jana Peterson (Oregon Dept of Forestry)

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