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Fire Leads to 2 Hour Closure of Highway 97 south of Chemult

July 17, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Highway 97 sixteen miles south of Chemult was re-opened following a two-hour closure Wednesday afternoon while firefighters worked to control a fire that had spread quickly along the east side of the highway. One lane is now reported open during mop -up operations and traffic updates can be monitored at TripCheck.com.

According to Senior Trooper Joe Smith, on July 17, 2013 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a forest fire started on the east side of Highway 97 near milepost 219. As the fire spread, personnel and firefighters from Oregon Department of Forestry, US Forest Service, local fire departments, and two logging companies worked to contain it. In addition to firefighters on the ground, two retardant carrying aircraft and a helicopter with a water bucket assisted from the air.

Both lanes were closed by ODOT and Oregon State Police.

Smith estimated the fire was approximately 10 acres in size and burned on private timberland.

Questions regarding the fire and possible cause should be directed to one of the fire response agencies.


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