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Sunday, August 7, 2016

8/7/16 Snake River Fire Update



The Snake River fire remains at 11,452 acres and 85% contained this morning as the crews head out to the line. Firefighters will continue to patrol the perimeter and search for hot spots.
Weather in the area continues to be a concern. There is a red flag warning in effect until 8:00pm Sunday, with the possibility of thunderstorms and dry lightning.
Many of the firefighters demobilized and are headed home to all parts of the state today. Citizens can expect to see a marked decrease in the presence of out of town firefighters as the team prepares to turn the fire back to the local officials.
Wawawai River Road opened up for public traffic at 8:00pm Saturday. Citizens are reminded that there will still be firefighters and trucks patrolling that area of the fire on Sunday.
The Snake River fire started on August 2 at 12:50pm and quickly grew due to high winds and dry conditions. It started in Garfield County across from Granite Point on the Snake River. The fire jumped the river to Whitman County at about 4:30pm.
No evacuations are in place and there have been no injuries to firefighters in the last 48 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: 11,452
CONTAINMENT: 85%
VEGETATION TYPE: grass and brush, crops, trees in canyons
# OF PERSONNEL ON SCENE: 220
RESOURCES: Hand crews, engine strike teams, helicopters, dozers

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