Rail Fire | Oregon | August 21, 2016


Firefighters looking north at Rail Fire

Table Top Lookout (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date & Time

The Rail Fire originally started on July 31st at 1430 (2:30pm) by an unknown cause.


The Rail Fire began on the Wallowa-Whitman NF, is burning approximately 5 miles West of Unity, OR.


30,273 acres.

Fire Fuels

Bug-killed lodge pole pine stands with a large standing dead and down component throughout the fire area.

Current Fire Conditions

The lines along the north, east, and west edges of the Rail Fire are holding well today.

The eastern and northern lines are contained and being patrolled, while the west edge is still being worked.

As the fire moves southward into the Monument Rock Wilderness, it is also running into the fire scar from the 2002 Monument Fire.

The fuels in the old fire scar are not expected to burn as explosively as the fuels to the north have been burning.

Damage Assessment

Incident Commander Shawn Sheldon reported today that an outbuilding has been burned near the Table Mountain Lookout. “The lookout itself is fine,” said Sheldon. “We had wrapped it with reflective aluminum sheets, and it withstood the flames. But an outhouse in disuse was destroyed, and a three-sided storage structure was damaged.” The working outhouse at the parking lot, which had also been wrapped in aluminum, remains intact.

$17.1 Million Cost-To-Date.


Fire Response

There are 930 personnel assigned to this incident.


28 Crews, 43 Engines, 5 Dozers, 29 Water tenders, 4 Masticators, 5 Skidders/Skidgins, 4 Type 1 heavy helicopters, 1 Type 2 medium helicopter and 2 Type 3 light helicopters.



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