CHAMBERS MILL FIRE 40 PERCENT CONTAINED

News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 13th, 2015 12:23 PM

Oregon Department of Forestry
Steve Kendall, Incident Commander

Chambers Mill Fire 80 percent lined, 40 percent contained

Fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Western Lane District are getting the upper hand on a fast-moving wildfire two miles south of the community of Lorane. To date, the Chambers Mill Fire has blackened 180 acres and is predominantly burning on private forestlands protected by ODF.

The fire is 80 percent lined with a combination of dozer and hand lines and is estimated at 40 percent contained. Fire managers expect to fully contain the blaze by tomorrow night.

“Yesterday’s initial attack was supported by a heavy air tanker and three single-engine air tankers. Today’s game plan calls for using dozers and hand crews to strengthen existing control lines. Our ground game will be supported by two helicopters dropping water to slow the spread of the fire,” said Link Smith, District Forester for the Western Lane District of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Fire crews are staging equipment and personnel along Territorial Highway south of Lorane. To ensure public and firefighter safety, the Oregon Department of Transportation has restricted access on Territorial Highway to one lane with a pilot car. Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible and use caution when traveling near the fire.

The Chambers Mill Fire is burning on private and public lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Cooperators on the incident include Weyerhaeuser Co. and the Bureau of Land Management.