Vinegar Fire Update for Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 08:00
Incident: Vinegar Fire Wildfire
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 535 people assigned to work on the fire. Today, fire crews will continue to take advantage of the recent rain event and construct fire lines near the fire front where it is safe. They will also monitor for possible new fire starts from the lighting storm on Thursday.
The vegetation near the fire area is drying out and the fire behavior is predicted to increase to levels before the recent rains. Fire managers are utilizing helicopters to cool down hot spots along the fire perimeter and to support recently discovered lightning-caused fires and initial attack forces. The weather is predicted to be hotter and dryer in the next few days.
Today, crews continue to construct hand line along the south, east and north portion of the fire. Existing roads and contingency fire lines are being brushed and improved should the need develop. Burnout may occur in the northeast portion of the fire to further secure containment lines.
Road and areas closures remain in effect. The communities of Greenhorn and Alamo remain under a Level 1 evacuation notice.
For more information please contact the Fire Information Line at (541) 755-9003.
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