TRAIL, Ore. — A short, aggressive firefight northwest of Trail that began earlier this week is now in its final stages as fire crews work on mop-up and patrol. The Board Mountain Fire, located off Highway 227, started Tuesday and eventually grew to cover 36 acres.
Fire crews worked quickly to line the fire, burning on an inactive industrial logging site on a mix of private and Bureau of Land Management land. By Wednesday evening, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported that the fire had been completely lined and plumbed at its final size.
On Thursday morning, ODF said that firefighters continue to hold the lines and strengthen the perimeter.
"At this time, there is no active fire on the landscape; mop-up efforts remain the focus for Thursday, with a goal of reaching 50 feet into the perimeter all the way around the fire," ODF said.
Almost 190 personnel remain assigned to the fire, including six 20-person crews, nine engines, six water tenders, two bulldozers and three tree fallers. ODF said that hazard trees remain a challenge for crews on the ground, the biggest safety concern in the firefight thus far. The tree fallers will be put to work removing snags in order to allow firefighters better access. Aircraft will be brought in as needed.
The cause of the Board Mountain Fire remains under investigation, though ODF has ruled out industrial activity at the dormant logging site. No homes were ever threatened by the fire, and there were no evacuations or road closures.