Long Hollow Fire 7.30.18 Update

Long Hollow Fire: 34,550 acres    Containment: 58%    Reported: July 26, 4:44 P.M.    Cause: Human


Dufur, Oregon  Although temperatures have been high and relative humidity low, there has not been a significant growth in fire acres over the last two days. On Sunday, firefighters continued to improve fire perimeter lines. The estimated containment is 58% and 34,550 acres.

Temperatures Monday are forecast to be 98 to 103 degrees, minimum humidity 13 to 17%. Wind is expected to be up to 5 mph from the northwest in the morning, increasing to 8 mph from the north/ northwest in the afternoon. Hot and dry conditions will continue through Tuesday.

On Monday, firefighters will continue to patrol, hold and improve existing hand and dozer line along all divisions of the fire. Fire personnel resources are slowly being released as the fire activity decreases.

The Deschutes River access road and Highway 216 are open. The Deschutes River evacuation level in Segment 3 (Buckhollow to Mack’s Canyon) is Level 1 (Ready). The Deschutes River is open for recreational activities. Fire personnel will still be using routes along the river and Highway 216. Use caution traveling in these areas. Roads are narrow and winding and will have increased traffic from fire activity.

Evacuations notifications will continue to be monitored and disseminated from Wasco and Sherman County Sheriff Departments.

Visitors, as well as locals, should always be aware of potential hazards when moving through recently burned areas. Burned area hillsides can become unstable due to loss of vegetation. Burn scar areas are susceptible to rapid soil and debris movement when precipitation occurs.

Local, state and federal partners will participate in two Post Fire Resources Open Houses to connect fire impacted families and communities with relevant federal, state and local programs and information. Meeting dates and locations are:

•   Monday, July 30, 4 pm – 7 pm at  Fort Dalles Readiness, 402 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR

•   Tuesday, July 31, 4 pm – 7 pm, Sherman County School, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, OR

As summer progresses, increasing and prolonged temperatures are drying grass, brush, and trees, we ask the community and visitors to stay particularly vigilant in being fire safe. Dragging trailer chains, leaving campfires unattended, parking in dry grass, discharging firearms or fireworks, tossing cigarettes, and using mechanical equipment without spark arrestors are all known causes of wildfires.

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