Thursday, August 4, 2016

Weigh Station Fire: August 4, 2016

Firefighters continue to make good progress on the 688 acre Weigh Station Fire.  The fire is 80% contained today.  Objectives for today are to continue mop-up operations and begin rehabbing dozer lines on portions of the fire where there is no heat.  The management of the fire will transition from the Interagency Type 3 team to a smaller Type 4 management organization on Friday.  A smaller contingent of firefighting resources will remain on scene to mop-up and monitor for hot spots.  This will be the last update for this fire.

Citizens in the area may continue to see areas of smoke in the interior of the fire. Firefighters will be patrolling the area regularly and extinguishing hotspots in the days to come.  Travelers are encouraged to be on the lookout for firefighting resources that remain in the area. 

The fire team and local fire managers would like to take this opportunity to thank the communities, residents and travelers in the area for their support and patience during the fire suppression effort. 

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Friday afternoon through Saturday evening for the chance of dry thunderstorms across portions of Central and Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington.  Temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s to low 90s for this period. 

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. 


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