News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 3rd, 2015 12:09 AM
Oregon Department of Forestry
Cable Crossing Fire Evening Update – 8/02/2015
COOLER WEATHER HELPS FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS
After days of playing defense on the Cable Crossing Fire, today firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and higher humidity to go on the offensive. In this case, playing offense meant building and strengthening containment lines, getting water to the fire, and conducting burnout operations on small patches.
Local landowner cooperator/representative Jake Gibbs of Lone Rock Timber remarked, “ODF always has good plans and today they actually had the chance to implement those plans and took it.”
If the theme of the day shift was seize the day, the theme of the night shift was be flexible. The lower temperatures and higher humidities may stymie burn out plans but these condition are ideal for conducting mop up operations and getting more water to the fire.
The focus remains the south portion of the fire that has been pushed by a predominately north wind since it started Tuesday afternoon.
Today’s cloudy cooler weather of will give way to higher temperatures tomorrow. With forecasted temperatures in the 90s and variable winds expect an uptick in fire activity tomorrow.
The fire is currently 1613 acres and 20 percent contained. A Level 1 Evacuation Notification remains in effect along Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head. A Level 1 also remains in effect for homes 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: 1,613 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: 1250
Estimated Cost to Date: $2,500,000
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