Tillamook State Forest wildfire containment lines holding
Firefighters from six Oregon Department of Forestry offices, assisted by crews from the South Fork Camp and private landowners, continue to fight the Game Hog Creek Fire 22 miles northwest of Forest Grove.
The Oregon Department of Forestry reported Thursday, July 15, that so far, fire lines dug to contain the fire burning in the Tillamook State Forest have held. A ground crew of 80, along with aid from helicopters, continues to fight the wildfire, which started July 3 and broke containment late Tuesday, July 13.
Mapping shows the fire has burned just over 130 acres.
The ODF said that cooler temperatures and air off the ocean are expected to move inland overnight, which should aid firefighters in further containing the blaze Friday and into the weekend.
Most of the Tillamook State Forest remains open to visitors with the exception of Drift Creek and Idiot Creek forest roads, as well as the Fear and Loaming mountain bike trail, due to fire activity in the area.
Rogers Camp trailhead is being used as a staging area for firefighters and is also closed to the public. Additionally, Highway 6 and Highway 26 to the coast remain open and unaffected by the fire, which remains entirely within the state forest.
The initial fire that ignited July 6 was originally contained to 6 acres and was thought to be under control before it jumped containment lines July 14 and spread to nearly 70 acres.
ODF spokesperson Jim Gersbach said that as of Thursday morning, roughly 100 personnel were engaged in fighting the fire, including personnel from ODF offices in Tillamook, Columbia City, Astoria, North Cascades, Forest Grove and the West Oregon District in Polk County, as well as Hampton Lumber and Stimson Lumber Co.
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