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Fireline progress made on Rail Fire

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on August 30, 2016 12:26PM


The 40,820-acre Rail Fire is 65 percent contained and tested firelines Monday with the help of 25- to 30-mph winds.

Four spot fires created by blown embers were suppressed by ground crews and air support, according to a Tuesday update from the management team.

Along the southern perimeter, firelines were connected Monday. Mop up continues in the northern part of the fire.

Weather on Tuesday was still predicted to be hot and dry with winds gusting up to 25 mph, but Thursday is expected to bring cooler, moister weather.

The fire is currently staffed by 862 people: 22 crews, 37 engines, six dozers, 34 water tenders, one masticator, five skidders, seven helicopters and two single engine air tankers.

For more information, call (541) 446-3592 or email railwildfire@gmail.com.



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