News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 3rd, 2015 10:30 PM
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander
Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update
MAKING STEADY PROGRESS FIREFIGHTERS BEGIN MOP UP
With the Cable Crossing Fire completely lined, firefighters are turning their attention to mop up operations and completing the last of the burnout operations. Mop is up a methodical process to completely extinguish a wildfire. Fire crews put water on the fire, fall snags, dig out smoldering stumps, and move logs so they won’t roll downhill. Mop up is like putting your camp fire dead out, only on a monumental scale.
Mop up operations present new hazards for firefighters. Fire crews entering burned stands can face hot spots, falling snags and stump holes. Operations Section Chief Matt Howard encouraged the fire crews to remain vigilant as, “this fire has yet to be tested.”
Just as firefighter face risks, so do community residents. Wildfires put up a lot of smoke which can negatively impact health. Specifically, fine particles can irritate eyes and lungs and lead to illnesses such as bronchitis. Older adults, children and those with respiratory illnesses are more likely to be affected by smoke. Visit http://tinyurl.com/moj4wna to learn more.
The forecasted weather presents favorable conditions for successful mop up with highs in the mid-80s and moderate humidity.
Firefighters on the Cable Crossing Fire continued to gain ground on the fire. The fire is now completely trailed and estimated at 1,750 acres and 30 percent contained. As a precautionary measure, the level one evacuation notice remains in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 in the vicinity of Evergreen Lane to Honeycut Road. For more information on evacuation notification levels and Ready, Set, Go, visit www.wildlandfirersg.org .
The fire area and forest roads remain closed to the public. Highway 138 remains open with the aid of a pilot car.
Fire At A Glance
Size: 1750 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Expected Containment: unknown
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2 – Type 1
44 – Type 2
Air Tankers: 2 Tankers
3 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tanker)
Helicopters: 6 – Type 1 (Heavy Lift); 5 – Type 2 (Med Lift); 4 – Type 3 (Light Lift)
Hot Saw: 1
Water Tenders: 12
Total personnel: 1355
Estimated Cost to Date: $3,200,000
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