News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 14th, 2015 10:02 AM
Oregon Department of Forestry
Steve Kendall, Incident Commander
Containment Reaches 70 percent
Night fire crews continued mop-up and plumbing operations on the 180-acre Chambers Mill Fire near the community of Lorane. Fire crews completed hose lays to all areas of the fire and have water tenders and pumping stations in place. With strong containment lines in place and water to the fire, mop-up operations are proceeding swiftly. Fire managers expect the fire to be fully contained later this evening.
Today’s cooler weather and higher humidities offer favorable conditions for mop-up operations. The completed dozer and hand lines will be strengthened as crews complete mop-up activities deeper into the fire’s perimeter.
The Western Lane District has approximately 130 people currently assigned to the fire and is providing Spartan accommodations to about half of those at the ODF office in Veneta.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has re-opened both lanes of Territorial Highway. Motorists are urged use caution when passing through the area.
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. The cause remains under investigation.
FIRE AT A GLANCE
Size: 180 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 70 percent
Expected Date of Containment: Evening of 8/14/15
Crews and Equipment:
Hand Crews: 4
Fire engines: 4
Water Tenders: 6
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