Thursday, September 1, 2016

Firefighters Make Progress on Griffin Gulch Fire—Final Update

Baker City, OR—Fire crews worked today to continue containing the Griffin Gulch Fire.  Containment is estimated at 50%.  Crews will remain on scene tonight to monitor conditions and continue extinguishing hot spots.  Firefighters will also be on scene tomorrow working on further containment.  Full containment is expected by the end shift on Saturday.  There was no fire growth today and the fire remains at 27 acres.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  ODF and Greater Bowen Valley Fire are cooperating on management of the fire.

Evacuation levels for Griffin Gulch has been reduced to a Level 1 (READY).  A Level 1 evacuation means to “BE READY” for a potential evacuation.  Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency notification systems and local media for updates.  All other evacuation notices have been lifted at this time.

The weather forecast for the area calls for cooler conditions with high temperatures in the 70s.  Gusty winds are expected to persist through Friday.  A slight chance of showers is also forecast over the weekend. The public is reminded that Oregon Department of Forestry remains in a Regulated Use Closure.  Lands managed by the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management also remain under public use restrictions.  Please check restrictions before heading out to enjoy the outdoors.  For current fire restrictions in northeast Oregon, check 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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