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Weather expected to decrease Terwilliger Fire activity

The wildfire is now 52 percent contained, but it has scorched nearly 10,850 acres.

Posted: Sep. 9, 2018 9:43 PM
Updated: Sep. 10, 2018 12:57 PM

WILLAMETTE NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. -- There's good news in the forecast for firefighters battling the Terwilliger Fire.

Fire officials said rain in the forecast is expected to decrease fire activity and said recently, fire activity has been low. 

The wildfire is now 52 percent contained, but it has scorched nearly 10,850 acres. 

An official with the Terwilliger Fire said higher humidity and lower temperatures always help with firefighting efforts. 

Nick Holloway, a spokesperson with the Terwilliger Fire, said spot fires have been rare. 

He said the fire has been smoldering and creeping slowly towards the Three Sisters Wilderness area. Crews will be monitoring this spread, but Holloway said at this time, it's not that much of a concern.

He said getting firefighters safely into that area is the reason why there's no plans to directly attack that area at this time. The rain in the forecast should help, Holloway said. 

"The rain will dampen fire behavior if it's not that strong and it doesn't directly put the fire out which I don't anticipate that it's gonna do that," Holloway said. "It'll certainly slow fire behavior and allow us to be closer to the fire and have a more direct access to the fire." 

Holloway said given the weather forecast, he doesn't believe the fire spreading into the Three Sisters Wilderness area is a concern, but they do have resources in place just in case. 

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