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Officials Issue Final Whaleback Fire Update: 100% Contained at 18,703 Acres

Final mapping of the 18,703 acre Whaleback Fire

The Fire Incident Management Team in charge of the Whaleback fire, which started July 27th and burned in brush and timber close to Eagle Lake, has issued it’s final update on the fire.

According to the update, smoke will continue to be seen in the interior of the fire and this is expected until significant moisture occurs.

Merrill, Aspen Grove, Eagle, and as well the BLM campgrounds on the north end of the lake have reopened. Christie Campground will remain closed at this time.

The BLM closure has been lifted and the Forest Service closure has been modified.

The final mapping of the fire showed it at 18,703 acres with 100% containment. Some crews are still engaged on the fire.

County Rd A1 has been reopened to the public. Please use caution when traveling the road as fire crews are still in the area and fire weakened trees are throughout the fire.

The forest closure is still in effect for the area around the fire.

Crews will continue to patrol the fire and continue in suppression repair work.

The cause of the fire, which burned on Whaleback Mountain and in the Brockman Flat Lava Beds on the west side of Eagle Lake, is still under investigation.

The evacuation center has been closed.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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