On August 1 at 11:42am, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District was called upon to provide mutual aid for a fire burning on Lincton Mountain.
"Lincton Mountain Fire: 3:45 p.m. Update:
A fire near the lower end of Lincton Road near Milton-Freewater started today and is currently estimated to be 200-300 acres in size. While not currently on Oregon Department of Forestry protected land, the fire is encroaching towards the protected area. Milton-Freewater Rural Fire District is operating in Unified Command with Oregon Department of Forestry.
The fire is moving east towards the Walla Walla River Road, but the forward progression of the fire has been slowed through utilization of air attack including helicopters and SEAT (Single Engine Air Tankers) planes. Farm equipment and dozers are also being used to stop the blaze.
Evacuations of residents in the immediate area of the fire as well as Harris Park residents have been notified to evacuate with a Level 3 evacuation notice “GO!” Residents along the South Fork of the Walla Walla River Road are currently at a Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice.
The cause of the fire is under investigation."
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