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Friday, July 14, 2017

7/14/2017 Ana Fire Friday Update

YESTERDAY’S OPERATIONS: Firefighters continued to secure the perimeter, patrolled the fire, and finished grading Forest Road 2901. A group off engines, one bulldozer, one crew and a supervisor were available to respond to any new fires in the area.

Crews along with two excavators performed repair work along the fire perimeter to restore forest and range land impacted from firefighting activities. Developed by local agency advisors, this work includes; repairing containment lines, scattering brush and slash piles from chainsaw operations, knocking down berms, constructing water bars to mitigate erosion, and restoring any damaged trails.

TODAY’S OPERATIONS: Although fire management officials expect 100 percent containment by the end of shift today, smoke from large woody debris, posing no threat to containment lines, may still be seen within the fire area. Fire suppression repair work will be focused along Forest Road 2901, Winter Rim and in the area above Summer Lake Store. Fire managers anticipate all repair work to be completed by the end of shift today.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the fire area due to dry and unstable conditions, which will support extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread to any new or uncontrolled wildfires. Despite the red flag warning, fire officials expect little to no increase in fire activity on the Ana Fire. A slight chance of thunderstorms on Saturday could lead to new fire starts.

The fire will be transitioning from the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 back to the local area tomorrow at 10:00 am.

EVACUATIONS: A level 1 evacuation notification (get ready) remains in place for residences at Ana Estates and along Highway 31, covering two miles north of Forest Road 2901 and extending two miles south of The Lodge at Summer Lake.

RESTRICTIONS: Highway 31 is open with flaggers managing through traffic during fire operations. Motorists should use extra care, expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

CLOSURES: The Fremont Point Lookout will be closed through August 1 to allow unrestricted suppression and recovery traffic in the area.

SAFETY MESSAGE: With the potential for extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread, please be extremely careful when using power tools, firearms and vehicles as well as more traditional sources of fire, such as matches and lighters.

CONTACT INFO: Fire information and media contact - (458) 206-1737, email; Daily wildfire information, maps and social media links can be found at

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