Closures Lifted on The Vinegar Fire
Incident: Vinegar Fire Wildfire
Vinegar Fire closures lifted
Pendleton, OR: Closures in the vicinity of the Vinegar Fire have been lifted effective immediately. The public is urged to use caution when entering the wildfire perimeter and should watch for smoldering duff, snags and burned-out stump holes. Fire suppression traffic in the area can also be expected.
The Vinegar fire is 45% contained and has burned 1,351 acres in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness on the Umatilla National Forest. Only 131 additional acres have burned since the Oregon Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team transferred control of fire suppression activities back to the forest on August 27.
Shane Severs, Incident Commander for the forest’s Type 3 organization, attributes the slight increase in acreage to interior smoldering, isolated torching and short range spotting on the west and southwest perimeter of the fire. Currently 28 firefighters are assigned to the fire, down significantly from 489 just over a week ago.
A red flag warning is in effect across much of the Blue Mountains through Thursday with severe lightning and rain forecasted throughout the week.
For updated information on the Vinegar Fire, please visit InciWeb site at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3645/ or call (541) 278-3722.
Vinegar Fire Statistics – 9/5/2013
Closures/Evacuations: Area, road and trail closures have been lifted.
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