Containment Grows On Priceboro Fire

More than 160 firefighters continued to battle the Priceboro Fire outside of Harrisburg. Crews battled active fire and were quick to suppress flare ups. 

“We had a mixed bag with the weather,” said ODF District Forester Chris Cline. “The wind and dry conditions stoked fire activity in some areas, but the overcast was a huge help today. Crews capitalized on the weather and made big gains by fully lining the perimeter.”

Firefighters established dozer and handline around the full perimeter of the fire. This control line creates a barrier between hot, burning materials within the fire and the unburned vegetation outside of the fire. Crews also plumbed the fire by running hose along the control line and accomplished 20% containment along the northwest portion of the fire.

Suppression efforts are being managed by a Type-3 incident team and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s South Cascade District. In total, there are more than 160 firefighters with crews from ODF, Oregon State Fire Marshal, local fire districts, forest landowners and private contractors. Today, there were six engines, seven crews, three helicopters, two tenders and three dozers assisting suppression efforts. 

Evacuation changes: The Linn County Sheriff’s Office downgraded some evacuation levels this afternoon. See the sheriff’s office website for details:

The Priceboro Fire is located eight-miles northeast of Eugene outside of Harrisburg. The fire started around 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023. The cause is under investigation. The public should expect to see aircraft and smoke above the fire tomorrow.

Source: Oregon Department of Forestry

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