Rail Fire Update (Monday, August 22) – The Rail Fire is 31,127 acres and 35% contained. The fire advanced to the southeast on Sunday. When the fire made a run towards the Table Rock Lookout, it was estimated to have traveled 300 yards in 60 seconds. The lookout suffered no damage, as it had been wrapped with aluminum earlier in preparation, but an old outhouse in the area was destroyed. After several days of hot temperatures, and low humidity, the moisture level in the fine fuels (grasses) was at three percent, contributing, with the wind, to the rapid fire spread.
The Baker River Hotshots posted these shots: