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Five Mile Fire grows to 4,700 acres

IMNAHA — The Five Mile Fire burning upriver from Imnaha grew 200 acres Wednesday and is 20 percent contained. Fire officials said the blaze now totals 4,700 acres.

A release from Team 3, the overhead team managing the fire, said the flanks along the north towards Imnaha and west along the river are holding, which are the priority areas to protect.

Firefighters continue to secure fire lines with structure protection in place.

The southeast flank of the fire became very active Wednesday with gusty winds. The fire moved across Dunlap Creek throwing embers across the Hat Point Road. The spots totaled approximately one acre in size. Two hotshot crews were moved there to suppress them.

Planes applied retardant along Hat Point Road and the ridge on Wednesday. Hand line construction began from an anchor point on the Imnaha River uphill and tied into an existing dozer line in preparation of a burnout along this ridge which will potentially occur Thursday. Firefighters are preparing a fireline on Thorn Ridge overlooking Jody Creek.

As timber fallers are made available, snags along Hat Point Road will be felled for safety.

The Five Mile fire was reported around 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s cause is under investigation.

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest closed the Hat Point Road and Wallowa County closed the Upper Imnaha Road except to landowners and fire traffic. The County has issued a Level One evacuation — residents along the Imnaha River corridor from River Woods to Fence Creek were asked to be ready in the case of a necessary evacuation.

The Somers Fire in the Hells Canyon Wilderness grew Wednesday and is 2,300 acres.

Ten rappellers are on the scene and heavy helicopters dropped water where the fire is moving downhill toward the U.S. Forest Service’s Pittsburg administrative site on the Snake River.

The Somers Fire was lightning caused and reported Sunday. It has no containment line.

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