Board Mountain Fire 100% Lined and Plumbed
TRAIL, Ore. (September 1, 2021) – The Board Mountain Fire, located northwest of Trail off of Highway 227, is now 100% lined and plumbed, following excellent progress during Wednesday’s dayshift. The fire, GPS mapped at 36 acres, is burning on private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. Despite windy conditions, all lines held strong and the fire didn’t grow in size.
Throughout the day, firefighters remained focused on removing hazardous trees and constructing fire line. Existing lines were strengthened, and the remaining portion was completed in a safe, efficient manner. With more than 170 personnel were assigned to the fire on Wednesday, mop-up operations were also started; this work will continue throughout the night.
The Board Mountain Fire was first reported just after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Multiple ODF and Jackson County Fire District 4 resources responded, including ODF’s District Type 2 helicopter, bulldozers, water tenders, engines and a 20-person crew. Despite cooler temperatures, fire activity increased overnight, demonstrating how extremely dry fuels remain at this time in the fire season. Steep terrain and hazardous trees also posed safety risks to firefighters on scene and slowed down initial progress on a portion of the perimeter.
While the cause hasn’t been determined, industrial activity has been ruled out. No homes are threatened, and no roads are currently closed.
Steady Progress Made Overnight on the Board Mountain Fire
TRAIL, Ore. (September 2, 2021) – Firefighters assigned to the Board Mountain Fire, located northwest of Trail off of Highway 227, continued to hold fire lines and strengthen the perimeter overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. The fire remains 36 acres, affecting private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. At this time, there is no active fire on the landscape; mop-up efforts remain the focus for Thursday, with a goal of reaching 50 feet into the perimeter all the way around the fire.
Nearly 190 personnel are assigned to the fire today, including six 20-person crews, nine engines, six water tenders, two bulldozers and three tree fallers. Hazardous trees remain a challenge to crews, and the biggest safety concern on the incident. Tree fallers will continue to remove snags to allow firefighters better access today. Aircraft will be available as needed.
The cause of this fire remains under investigation. From initial attack to present time, no homes were ever threatened by this fire, and no evacuations or road closures were put in place. Additional information about fire season is also available online at www.swofire.com, Facebook @ODFSouthwest and Twitter @swofire.