Friday, September 26, 2014

Lightning Sparks Wildfire Near Ola

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Wildland firefighters are on the scene of a lightning-caused blaze that ignited the night of Sept. 25 near the town of Ola.

The wildfire has already grown to 450 acres and officials say the blaze has climbed through steep, rugged terrain that is difficult to access. Nearly ten structures were threatened by the fire Thursday night but as of midday Friday, those structures were secure. 

Officials say the wildfire is currently "knocked down" in grass and sage. They're hoping to contain the blaze by Friday evening and fully control the wildfire by Saturday morning.

As of Friday, BLM resources included two dozers, three engines, one water tender, and two single-engine retardant planes.

Decreased temperatures and increased moisture on Friday were helping crews.

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