Thursday, August 10, 2017
Tupper Corral Fire FINAL Update | Aug. 10, 2017
News Contact: Darcy Weseman (541) 278-3722
Aug. 10, 2017- 10 a.m.
Pendleton, Ore. – Firefighters made good progress yesterday on the Tupper Corral Fire, located one mile west of Tupper Guard Station and 20 miles southeast of Heppner. The 167-acre fire, which is burning in grass and timber, is now 65% contained. No further updates will be released on this fire unless conditions change.
The fire had no additional growth yesterday, however firefighters discovered a small spot fire on the western side of the fire perimeter, which was quickly suppressed.
Today firefighters will focus on patrolling, mopping up hot spots and securing the control lines. Risks to firefighters working on the fire include excessive heat and snags, which continue to burn and fall inside the fire perimeter. Resources on the fire include six engines, one crew, one water tender and one dozer. Approximately 45 personnel are assigned to the fire.
The fire was reported on Aug. 8 at 3:45 p.m. and was threatening Tupper Guard Station and nearby utility lines. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist through early next week. Firefighters will be facing high temperatures in the 90s with relative humidity around 15-20 percent. Light winds are forecasted for the fire area tomorrow. The forecast is calling for a chance of thunderstorms the next two to three days.
The fire danger rating is EXTREME and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect. For more information about the Umatilla National Forest’s Public Use Restrictions, please contact any forest office, call our Forest Information hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.
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