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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7/11/2017 Ana Fire 9 a.m. Update

Ana Fire: 6200 acres, 20 percent contained

Ana Fire suppression efforts are concentrating on the southern and southwestern perimeter today to halt the fire’s spread.

A community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at The Lodge at Summer Lake, 53460 Hwy. 31, to update residents and business owners on the status of the fire, with representatives from fire and land management agencies and law enforcement. 

Crews and dozers will be working to build a containment line across Winter Rim between Hwy. 31 and Forest Road 2901 south of the Summer Lake Post Office to protect private property, the Fremont Lookout area and commercial timber. Helicopters and air tankers will provide support with water and retardant drops.
Firefighters are also patrolling and reinforcing containment lines to the west, north and east. Fire movement remains largely on Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management, Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands.
Hwy. 31 is open to local traffic guided by pilot cars as fire operations continue. Motorists should use extra care, expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
A Level 2 (Get Set) evacuation notification remains in place for the area from two miles north of Forest Road 2901 to two miles south of The Lodge at Summer Lake along Hwy. 31 and all of Ana Estates.
Northwest Incident Management Team 12 under Incident Commander Richy Harrod took charge of the fire operations Monday. The Incident Command Post is located at the North Lake School in Silver Lake, Ore.

Gusty winds are expected to continue today. A wet winter and spring yielded heavier-than-normal grasses, which have cured and dried in the recent hot, dry weather, enabling fire to spread rapidly.  Please be extremely careful with any type of heat source, including power tools, firearms and vehicles as well as more traditional sources of fire, such as matches.

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