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Saturday, August 6, 2016

8/6/16 Snake River Fire Update

Fire fighters will be working towards 100% containment today on the Snake River Fire.  Overnight, there was one flare up on the west side of the fire, which was quickly extinguished.  This flare up, however, illustrates that there is more work to do on the fire.  The fire is 11,362 acres and 70% contained.

The weather continues to be a concern for firefighters.  There is a red flag warning in the area.  Dry lightning is a possibility so there are crews and dozers assigned to be ready to respond as quickly as possible to any fire in the area; this is a priority for fire managers today.  

In addition to the initial attack readiness, the firefighters will be working on mop up on the line.   They will be assisted by one helicopter with a helicopter attack crew.

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 48 hours.

Photos and information can be found on Inciweb at

LOCATION:  12 miles North East of Pomeroy on the Snake River
ACREAGE:  11,362
VEGETATION TYPE: grass and brush, crops, trees in canyons
RESOURCES:  Hand crews, engine strike teams, helicopters, dozers 

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