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5-10-19: Tiller Trail Hwy Fire & Union Gap Fire Updates

Tiller Trail Hwy - Morning Update:


Overnight, firefighters completed fire trails around the Tiller – Trail Highway Fire, which is located 7 miles southeast of Tiller and then shifted their efforts to cooling hot spots near the fires edge. Today, 45 firefighters, three engines and a bull dozer will continue working on the fire with the goal of extinguishing all smoldering material within the fire area. Smoke may be visible from the Tiller – Trail Fire area for the next several days.


Firefighters estimate that the Tiller – Trail Highway Fire burned about 40 acres. More accurate sizing of the fire will occur in the coming days when firefighters are able to GPS the fires perimeter.



Tiller Trail Hwy - Afternoon Update:

Firefighters assigned to the Tiller – Trail Highway Fire worked throughout the day, mopping up hot spots and patrolling fire lines. Crews focused their efforts on the first 50 – 75 feet around the perimeter of the fire, which at last report, was looking really good. Smoke will be visible from the interior of the Tiller – Trail Highway Fire for the next couple days, as crews mop up hot spots within the burned area.


Firefighters were able to GPS the Tiller – Trail Highway Fire today, which mapped out at 45 acres. The increase in fire size is due to more accurate mapping, rather than addition fire growth.


While the Tiller – Trail Highway is open to traffic, motorists are asked to drive with caution through the area as firefighters and equipment may be working on or close to the roadway.


Union Gap Fire - Morning Update:


Night shift resources assigned to the Union Gap Fire, located about a mile south of Oakland, completed fire lines around the entire blaze, early Friday morning. Firefighters estimate that the Union Gap Fire burned about 18 acres, but more accurate mapping of the fire will occur in the coming days.


With fire lines in place, crews are now focused on mopping up hot spots within the fire area. 15 firefighters and a water tender are assigned to the fire today with the objective of mopping up all hot spots within the fire. Smoke may be visible from the interior areas of the Union Gap Fire for the next several days.


Union Gap Fire - Afternoon Update:

The Incident Commander assigned to the Union Gap Fire today reported that good progress was made on the fire. Crews started the day by improving containment lines down both flanks of the fire and then focused their efforts on mopping up hot spots within 50 feet of the fire line. Smoke will be visible from the interior of the fire for the next couple days as crews work their way into the middle of the fire, mopping up hot spots.

Firefighters were able to GPS the Union Gap Fire today, which mapped out at 18 acres.





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