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Monday, August 8, 2016

8/8/16 Fletcher Road Fire Update

Firefighters worked through the night on the Fletcher Fire, looking for hot spots and checking containment lines.  There are 2 strike teams, a hand crew and a helicopter on the fire today to finish that job.  The fire is 9,168 acres and 69% contained.

The Fletcher Fire was started by lightning on August 7th and quickly grew, fanned by winds and dry conditions.  State mobilization resources responded from the Snake River Fire and helped get the fire under control by the early evening.  Very Large Air Tankers (VLAT’s) dropped retardant on the fire as well as smaller air tankers and helicopters.

Bonneville Power Administration and Columbia REA had power lines that were threatened, but remained intact.  There are Union Pacific Railroad tracks running through the fire area, but there was no damage.  Seven residences were threatened during the fire, but no structures were lost.  

There were no injuries reported.

LOCATION:  Near Fletcher Rd and Lyons Ferry/Highway 261
ACREAGE:  9,168
RESOURCES:  Brush engines, hand crew, helicopter

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