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Crews mop up 30 acre wildfire near Starr Campground

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 7, 2018 11:37AM

Malheur National Forest crews are in full mop-up on a wildfire this morning, located approximately 2 miles northwest of Starr Campground near Forest Road 4920.

Forest Service officials stated in a press release that the fire, estimated at approximately 30 acres, started Thursday when a falling snag struck a powerline.

Resources, including 3 engines and a squad of 11 firefighters, staffed the fire throughout the night. Additional crews have been dispatched to relieve the crews that were on scene mopping up overnight and include 4 engines and 11 additional firefighters.

Crews prepped existing roads and constructed about 200 hundred yards of line to contain the fire yesterday. Smoke that has been in the area is from fires located in California and officials said localized smoke was possible into the evening last night as crews engaged in suppression efforts.

The public is asked to stay clear of the incident and off affected roads, including for their safety and the safety of firefighters as they work. Roads to steer clear of include, Forest Roads 4920 from Highway 395 to the 3920 and 4920 intersection and Forest Roads 352 and 353.

For further information on current restrictions please visit, https://www.fs.usda.gov/malheur/ or call 541-575-3000.


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