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Friday, August 5, 2016

8/5/16 Snake River Fire Update

Fire crews continue to secure fire lines at the Snake River fire. They are working night and day to increase containment. The fire is currently scouted at 11,000 acres and 30% contained. Firefighters continue to arrive to bolster this effort.

Fire managers are building a strategy to protect values on all sides of the fire. This includes crops and rangeland in addition to homes and outbuildings. Infrastructure, such as power sources, is also a priority.

Firefighters are working from separate camps on both sides of the Snake River. The Whitman County camp is located at Colton High School; the Garfield County camp is at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Pomeroy. The Incident Command Post is at the Pomeroy Elementary School.

The Snake River fire started on Tuesday, August 2nd at 12:50pm and quickly grew due to high winds and dry conditions. It started in Garfield county just across from Granite Point on the Snake River. The fire jumped the river to Whitman county at about 4:30pm that day.

No evacuations are in place at this time. Wawawai River Road is closed from Steptoe Canyon to the intersection of Pullman – Wawawai Rd. Wawawai County park is also closed.

There have been no injuries to firefighters in the last 24 hours.

Photos and information can be found on Inciweb at http://inciweb.NWCG.gov/incident/4925.

LOCATION: 12 miles North East of Pomeroy on the Snake River
ACREAGE: 11,000
CONTAINMENT: 30%
VEGETATION TYPE: grass and brush, some standing wheat
# OF PERSONNEL ON SCENE: 343
RESOURCES: Hand crews, engine strike teams, helicopters, firefighting airplanes, dozers

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