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Sunday, August 7, 2016

8/7/16 Rail Fire Update

Contact: Mary Bean, 541-446-3592

NEWS FROM THE FIRELINE:    Yesterday thunderstorms with gusty winds and light rain impacted the fire area. The threat of thunderstorms continues today.  The winds pushed to consume beetle killed fuels burning within the interior of the fire to the south and west.  Today crews will continue extending line south to the Amelia Cr. Trailhead, as well as reinforcing existing lines and fuel breaks in preparation for advancing fire to established control lines. Crews will continue to protect private property near the fires edge.  Smoke will be visible for several days.

PUBLIC INFORMATION: Public Information Officers will be in the communities of Unity, Prairie City and Baker today to provide fire updates and answer questions.


SIZE: 10,040 acres

LOCATION:  Approximately 10 miles southwest of Unity, Oregon
VEGETATION TYPE AND TERRAIN:  Grass and timber in moderate and steep terrain

WEATHER:  The threat of thunderstorms remains in effect over the fire area for the morning hours.  Clouds will give way to clear skies with a drop in RH values in the afternoon. 

PERSONNEL & RESOURCES: 695 people, 21 crews, 9 dozers, 27 engines, 17 water tenders and 6 helicopters are assigned to the fire.

AGENCIES & COOPERATORS INVOLVED:   Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Baker County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services and local residents.

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