White River Canyon, Ore. -- Firefighters working night shift on the 570-acre White River Fire, which started Saturday afternoon in the White River Wild & Scenic Area 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, extinguished remaining hot spots inside of the fire’s perimeter. Most of the night shift’s work was on the fire’s south end and the north end above the canyon.
Crews today continue to improve fire lines, tightening the protective barrier around the blaze, and stringing hoses deeper into the burned area. Teams of fallers are working with firefighters on falling hazardous trees where crews are working.
Hazards are numerous in the White River Canyon – it’s very steep and footing is poor, burned trees fall with little warning, and rattlesnakes must always be watched for.
The fire is 45 percent contained, and the suppression cost thus far is $767,428. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
No structures are immediately threatened by the fire, but there are widely scattered homes, cabins and other structures around the fire’s fringe. The nearest community is Pine Grove, approximately 2.5 miles south of the fire.
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