Mop-up occurs after a fire or when any part of a fire is controlled or contained. Mopping up includes:
- Extinguishing all smoldering material along the fire's edge.
- Ensuring logs/debris cannot roll across the fire line.
- Making sure all burning fuel is burnt out or is spread or buried to stop sparks from travelling, both along the fire line and in the interior of the fire area.
- Clearing both sides of the fire line of snags, rotten logs, stumps, singed brush and low hanging limbs of trees.
- Searching for underground burning roots near the line.
“We would appreciate it if the public would use caution when traveling near the fire areas due to the increased traffic from firefighting activities,” said Katy Gray, Public Affairs Officer for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. “Public and firefighter safety remain our number one priorities,” added Gray.
Phase C Public Use Restrictions remain in effect on the Wallowa-Whitman, Malheur and Umatilla National Forests. Under Phase C:
- Campfires are not allowed. Liquid and bottle gas stoves only.
- No internal combustions engine operation, except for motor vehicles.
- Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or cleared areas.
- No off-road/off-trail vehicle travel or travel on roads not cleared of standing grass or other flammable material; no vehicle travel on those Forest Service roads where access has been impeded or blocked by earthen berm, logs, boulders, barrier, barricade or gate, or as otherwise identified in the Fire Order.