Community Meeting tonight in Agness. Fire managers and agency representatives will be on hand to give a fire update and answer questions from the community. Come by the Agness Community Library, 3905 Cougar Lane, Agness, OR on Friday, August 10th at 6pm.
The OR Department of Forestry, US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to advise fire managers. Fire managers hear a single, unified message from Agency Representatives.
Very high temperatures, gusts to 20 mph out of the southwest and critical fire weather conditions are expected today. Winds out of the southwest will test fire lines constructed on the north side of both fires. Smoke columns will rise today as the fire becomes active. When the inversion lifts, fire is expected to grow within the perimeter of the fire. The “Firewise” program provides tips to protect your home and property, and is available at www.firewise.org.
Increased traffic in the Galice area will present safety concerns for firefighting crews along roads. Some businesses have resumed operation and public recreation will increase over the weekend as smoke moves out. Drivers should expect to see firefighters along the road and drive with caution.
Bear Camp and Peavine Roads remain closed to traffic due to firefighter activity. Fire lines have been constructed and maintained and crews are mopping up some areas. Danger is increasing from trees and other debris falling on roads.
Recent inversions and calm fire weather have allowed crews to develop, maintain and improve fire lines. Crews continue to hold lines and flag areas of danger, remove snags and hazard trees and will be chipping debris. As mop up efforts are completed, crews will focus more efforts on repair efforts where fire lines have disturbed property. Repair work will continue for several weeks.
Planes and helicopters have been grounded for four days due to smoke, but fire managers were able to use aerial ignition. Drones were able to ignite fires to even out and increase depth of fire lines in difficult terrain where fire crew safety would be compromised.