In the meantime, the number of firefighters on the Nevada side of the fire is starting to shrink rapidly as some go home and some go on to other fires. More precise mapping with global-positioning equipment revised the size of the fire to 461,047 acres Friday afternoon.
Oregon Zone: “Yesterday was a good day for the firefighter,” said Pacific Northwest (PNW) Team 3, Operations Section Chief Mike Matarrese.
The focus for firefighters on the Oregon Zone of the Holloway fire continues to be: hold the firelines, mop up, which means extinguishing or removing burning material along or near the containment line, and patrol to make sure the fire stays within the containment lines.
Firefighters are working diligently in difficult terrain to strengthen fire lines in anticipation of today’s predicted red flag warnings for dry lightning, which may cause erratic winds across Oregon and Washington.
During a dry lightning storm, lightning strikes the ground, sometimes igniting the vegetation. Erratic winds then fan the burning spot, starting a new wildfire. Initial attack fire crews will be on high alert for any new fire starts today and into the evening as the lightning storm passes through the area. Nationally, the fire organization is continually looking for ways to improve and enhance their leadership capabilities, efficiency in fighting fires and minimizing the risk to the firefighters.
Today, PNW Team 3 is hosting Oregon State University Phd Candidate Alexis Lewis. Ms. Lewis is researching leadership skills across the firefighting organization, focusing on what characteristics make a good leader and how they can be further enhanced. As firefighting priorities shift, some personnel and equipment will be sent to other fires or home.
The public land closure on the east side of the fire in Malheur County, within the BLM’s Vale District, has been lifted.