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Monday, August 22, 2016

8/21/16 Rail Fire Evening Update

Rail Fire Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon reported today that an outbuilding has been burned near the Table Mountain Lookout. “The lookout itself is fine,” said Sheldon. “We had wrapped it with reflective aluminum sheets, and it withstood the flames. But an outhouse in disuse was destroyed, and a three-sided storage structure was damaged.” The working outhouse at the parking lot, which had also been wrapped in aluminum, remains intact.

Embers blown by strong winds from the northwest started leap-frogging spot fires to the southeast of the main fire, and they quickly reached the top of Table Rock.

The weather forecast for tonight calls for even stronger winds from the west-northwest, gusting to 35 mph, with relative humidity remaining very low.

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