FIRE Remains Active
Sunday, July 21, 2018____ Fifteen
days after it started, the Valley Fire is still active in very steep, rugged
terrain, difficult and dangerous for firefighters. Fire activity has been
minimal over the last week, but smoke may increase as hotter and drier
weather conditions persist.
the Valley Fire remains 1,348 acres with 29% containment.
will continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots and aircraft may be used to
reinforce containment lines. Expect to see smoke from the fire in the
upcoming days, possibly weeks, as heavy fuels continue to burn within the
fire interior. Smoke may be visible to residents of Forest Falls, other local
communities and to motorists along SR-38.
The National Weather Service forecasts
seasonally warm weather through the weekend and warns of excessive heat next
Should thunderstorms occur over the fire area, an increased risk of flooding
and debris flows may result in the closure of State Route-38, Valley of the
Falls Drive and any other impacted roads.
are urged to use caution, be alert and be patient. The Valley Fire began
during record hot temperatures on July 6, causing road closures and
evacuation orders in the Forest Falls area.
information please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5900/ and follow
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