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Pittsburg Fire update: Crews holding at 8,000 acres

WHITE BIRD — When lightning struck a few miles north of Pittsburg Landing 10 days ago, it hit a sore spot for locals who lost property when fire surged over Pittsburg Saddle seven years ago. That fire – the Poe Cabin Fire – claimed more than 58,000 acres and no fewer than two residences as well as much private timber and stored hay.

This time around, a strong initial attack – particularly above Highrange Creek – contained the Pittsburg Fire to about 8,000 acres mostly within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA).

At least, so far.

“Crews will continue to monitor a few isolated islands of unburned fuel in the interior of the fire,” incident command noted in its Tuesday morning update, July 22.

On Monday, July 21, incident command reported contingency lines are complete and the fire is 85 percent contained. The fire started July 13 and has not grown in area since July 18.

Public use restrictions are in effect year-round on HCNRA ground; these restrictions level up with fire danger and cover campfires, smoking, exploding targets, chain saws, generators, dredging equipment and exploding targets. A closure area is in effect north of Pittsburg Landing and Deer Creek Road (#493). Details and the latest updates are online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3965/22435.

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