Boardman council continues hearings

BOARDMAN - The city hopes to establish corrective measures for interchanges at Interstate 84 at Main Street and Laurel Lane to ensure safe and efficient traffic in the area.

The City Council considered adoption of its proposed Interchange Area Management Plan and a Transportation System Plan update recently, however, the hearings were continued until 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at City Hall.

The council delayed making a decision to allow additional time to review the completed proposals and to receive additional public input.

Some area residents have expressed concerns about cutting off access to businesses on Front Street. Copies of the proposed plans can be viewed at Boardman City Hall or the Boardman Branch of the Oregon Trail Library District.

Team reports fire 55 percent contained

JUNTURA - With six hand crews, two helicopters, 29 engines, eight bulldozers, 13 water tenders, 64 overhead and two camp crews, a total of 353 have worked to contain the Juniper Reservoir fire.

The fire, which was touched off by lightning, is burning north of Highway 20 near Juntura.

Mike Bradley, of the incident management team, reported at 6 p.m. Saturday that the blaze, which has burned 29,000 acres of dormant brush, hardwood slash and perennial grasses, is 55 percent contained.

Suppression actions used Saturday will continue today with direct line construction and cold trailing.

Weather forces firefighters to retreat

WHITE BIRD, ID. - Warm, windy and dry conditions have hampered firefighters' efforts on the Poe Cabin fire near the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were pulled off the fire due to safety concerns.

The blaze, which began July 18 from a lightning strike, is considerably larger than the estimated 4,000 acres from Saturday morning. Although the exact fire boundaries are unknown, it has reached the Snake River, spread into the Highrange Ridge and crossed Deer Creek Road.

Road, trail and campground closures have been instituted in the area.

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