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Friday, August 12, 2016

8/12/2016 Gibbon Fire Final Update

Gibbon Fire Update
Final Release
Friday, August 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information:  Jamie Knight 541-786-2039
Joani Bosworth 541-278-3722

Firefighters were successful Thursday in completing the majority of planned burn-out operations on the Gibbon Fire, causing the overall acreage to increase to 316 acres.  The fire is now 40% contained.  Burning has been used to bring the fire to the indirect fire lines to further secure control lines and also to provide for firefighter safety.   

Objectives for today include mopping up along fire lines.  A helicopter will be assigned to the fire today to haul out surplus firefighting equipment and supplies that are no longer needed, as well as firefighters.  Crews will begin being demobilized from the fire today.  At the end of the shift today, the fire will be transitioned to a Type 4 management organization staffed by local Oregon Department of Forestry and Umatilla National Forest personnel.  A 10-person hand crew and one engine will remain on scene for the next few days. 

Temperatures and winds in the region will increase today and tomorrow.  There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms on Sunday and Tuesday.  Highs for the weekend are expected to be in the mid-90s.

As the weekend approaches and the public heads outdoors to recreate they are reminded that lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Umatilla National Forest are under public use restrictions.  For details on fire restrictions go to www.bmidc.org.

http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com is your place for current fire information for Northeast Oregon.

To report a fire please call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch at (541)963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.
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Quick Facts
Incident Summary
Approximate
Size:
316 acres
Fire
Containment:
40%
Incident Commander:
Matt Hoehna
Kip Turner-trainee
Resources on the Fire:
Hand Crews: 2
Helicopters: 1
Engines: 4
Total Personnel:
57
Jurisdiction:
CTUIR Tribal Lands
Oregon Department of Forestry
Umatilla National Forest

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