Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Soda Fire Slows, Cooler temperatures

Murphy--Current Situation: Fire behavior moderated today due to cooler temperatures, decreased winds, and an inversion. Very little fire spread was observed. Firefighters were able to get containment lines around the finger north of West Rabbit Creek and around an area north of Reynolds Creek. 
On the north/northwest side of the fire, crews improved lines and extinguished any lingering hot spots. Very minimal fire activity was observed in this area. Tomorrow crews will patrol, secure firelines, and mop-up edges. They will assess areas to rehabilitate fire lines. 
Area Fire Closures: The Owyhee Co. Sherriff’s office issued road closures for all roads leading into Silver City, ID. All access points are closed to tourists and recreation vehicles, but roads remain open to residents. This closure primarily affects the Silver City, Trout Creek and Cow Creek roads. Upper Reynolds Creek Road is closed, as is the Jump Creek recreational site and all trailheads from Silver City to Jump Creek. Trail closures are in effect on the Owyhee Front Range. 
Public Safety: Expect fire traffic on Hwy 78 through the night. We ask all drivers to slow down and use extreme caution in this area. Roads may temporarily close due to fire activity. Owyhee County Facebook page is posting this information when it occurs. Recreationalists will need to find alternative locations until the fire area is reopened. 
Additional Info: The Bureau of Land Management and surrounding counties are sensitive to the economic, natural and cultural impacts associated with this fire. Neighbors helping neighbors makes our communities stronger. Donations to support each other can be made at:
Fire Statistics: 
Location: 8 miles northeast of Jordan Valley, OR Start Date: August 10, 2015 
Size: 277, 278 acres Percent Contained: 25% 
Total Personnel: 860 Cause: Undetermined
Resources Include: 11 helicopters, 34 engines, 23 crews, 12 water tenders, and 9 dozers. 

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