6,500 acre fire at Warm Springs Reservation 30% contained
As of Thursday morning, June 24, the S-503 Fire on the north section of the Warm Springs Reservation is 30% contained and 6,679 acres.
A Thursday morning report from Northwest Incident Management Team 8 Incident Commander Kevin Stock says for the past 48 hours, the fire has continued to remain in its current footprint. The fire perimeter is completely lined.
The S-503 Fire is burning in timber and grasses on the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and privately owned in-holdings protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. This fire is being managed as a full suppression fire.
There are 459 personnel working on the fire.
Firefighters are focusing on securing containment lines by identifying smokes and hotspots within 100 feet of the fire line in areas of grass and 300 feet in timbered areas.
The report says Thursday will be the coolest of the following days with maximum temperatures between 80 and 85 degrees with afternoon relative humidity between 21% and 26%. Winds will be light westerly in the morning increasing to 5 to 8 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Thunderstorms are not expected Thursday.
The air quality index is listed as good, meaning air pollution poses little or no risk.
The cause of the fire, which began Friday afternoon, June 18, is unknown.
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