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Fire crews strive to protect Imnaha
The Five Mile Fire broke out Sunday, putting Imnaha on the map for firefighters from around the Northwest, who came to protect the town and surrounding ranches.
A combined county, state and federal effort came together Sunday afternoon with air tankers and helicopters battling the blaze from the air supported by engines on the ground.
Paul Karvoski, Wallowa County emergency services manager, arrived shortly after the fire was reported. He said the fire started on Bench Road, two miles upriver from town.
In that initial burning period, 17 loads of retardant were dropped on the ridge just above Imnaha.
“That’s what saved the fire from burning into Deer Creek or it would have been off to the races,” Karvoski said.
Kurt Solomon is overseeing structure protection for the overhead team managing the fire. He said progress on the fire has been good.
For the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer.