Vinegar Fire Update for Sunday, August 26, 2013 at 0800
Incident: Vinegar Fire Wildfire
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Injuries to date
Closures/Evacuations: Level I evacuation notification for Greenhorn and Alamo.
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The Vinegar Fire is located approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Granite, Oregon. It is burning in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. There are 489 people assigned to work on the fire.
Many of the containment lines (both direct and indirect) have been constructed and improved. Helicopters will continue to cool down hot spots near the fire perimeter when they are discovered. The fire has not increased in size significantly in the past few days and fire managers are “right-sizing” the workforce and equipment needed to fully suppress this fire. Crews and equipment no longer needed to meet mission objectives will be released and possibly reassigned to other fires. Possible new fire starts from recent lightning strikes are of concern and will be monitored for the next few days. Helicopters assigned to this fire will scout for new smokes and drop water on them when discovered. Fire crews will follow up on these reports to fully suppress any new fire starts.
The weather is predicted to be warmer and dryer for the near future with light winds.
Effective immediately, the entire Forest Service Road 10 is open along with the Olive Lake recreational area. Road and area closures remain in effect. The Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness remains closed. The communities of Greenhorn and Alamo remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.
This will be the last daily update and update to the Blogspot for the Vinegar Fire unless conditions change. The Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #2 will be leaving tomorrow and will turn back the management for the fire to the Umatilla National Forest starting at 06:00. The Fire Information telephone number will change tomorrow to 541-278-3722. Today, for more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 755-9003.
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