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News & Events for the Barry Point Fire:
- Today firefighters will continue to secure all lines further into the interior of the fire in preparation for strong gusty southwesterly winds to 30 mph which are expected this afternoon.
- The Oregon National Guard is working on the Barry Point Fire with three helicopters capable of dropping water to assist the firefighting effort.
- Demobilization of excess resources is continuing.
- Residents will continue to see smoke from islands of unburned fuel within the Barry Point Fire for the foreseeable future. Today, south-southwest winds will push additional smoke from several large fires in California including the Chips, Reading, Rush and Ponderosa fires.
Barry Point Fire:
Fire line has been constructed around the entire perimeter of the fire. There are still unburned areas of fuel between the black and the fire line. Crews will be paying particular attention to mop up in these areas. They are also using handheld infrared (IR) devices to locate pockets of heat that aren’t apparent from visual inspection.
Fire personnel have designated initial attack resources to respond to any new starts near the fire and assist local units if needed. Yesterday, engines and crews helped the Fremont-Winema National Forest on a new start that is now contained.
The Level 3 evacuations at Drew’s Lake and the Level 1 on the south side of Highway 140 from Drews Gap to Andy Hill Road and down the west side of the Westside Road are lifted.
Evacuations: A Level 3 evacuation remains in place for three residences on the west shore of Goose Lake in California.
Closures: Onthe Fremont-Winema National Forest all National Forest lands, recreation sites, roads and trails in Yokum Valley, the Fitzwater/Point Ranch area, Dog Mountain, Long Valley, Drews Valley (south of Highway 140), Dent Creek and Barry Point.
On the Modoc National Forest the entire area, including all roads, from the Oregon/California border south to the Big Sage Management Area then west to the 73 Road and east to Goose Lake.
Barry Point Fire: Started: August 6, 2012 Cause: lightning Location: Began 22 miles west of Lakeview, OR. Acres: 93,689 (Reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping) Percentage Contained: 51% Resources: A total of 1,256 personnel assigned to the fire, including 4 hotshot crews, 24 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 90 engines, 15 dozers and 34 water tenders.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Smoke and poor visibility, narrow dusty roads, firefighter fatigue, snags and ash pits.
RESOURCE CONCERNS: Cultural resources and impacts to livestock grazing and commercial, federal, and private timber land.
WEATHER: It will be sunny today with cumulus buildups in the afternoon. Temperatures will be cooler with highs from 77 to 82 and minimum relative humidity will be from 13-18%. Winds will be light from the southwest in the morning becoming 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph by afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows will be from 45 to 50 on the ridges and 39 to 44 in the valleys. Winds will be west to northwest from 4 to 10 mph with gusts to 30 easing off after 9 pm and becoming light by morning.
Wednesday: Clear. Lows will be from 40 to 45 with highs from 76 to 82. Winds will be west to southwest from 4 to 9 mph.
Thursday: Mostly clear. Lows will be from 40 to 45 and highs from 77 to 83. Expect west to southwest winds from 5 to 15 mph with higher gusts.
TODAY’S EXPECTED FIRE BEHAVIOR: Lower relative humidity, sunny skies and strong gusty southwesterly winds will test the fire line on the east side of the fire today. Firefighters will need to be vigilant in their search for spot fires, particularly where there is unburned vegetation between burned areas and the improved fire line.
COOPERATING AGENCIES & PARTNERS: Fremont-Winema and Modoc National Forests, Oregon Department of Forestry, CalFire, Lake County Sheriff, Modoc County Sheriff, Lakeview Police Department, American Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Oregon National Guard.
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