Forest fire update


By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



Firefighter walks along the area of the forest fire in the wilderness area of Shawnee State Forest.


The size of the fire at Shawnee State Forest has been revised down. After revised mapping, officials have reduced the area from 490 acres to 386 acres.

“Progress has been excellent,” Greg Smith, public information officer for the Ohio Division of Forestry, said. “We got about two-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday (Tuesday) evening, so very good progress has been made since Monday morning, when the firefighting efforts began.”

On Wednesday, Smith said a smaller crew was fighting the blaze. He said 18 people from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry were involved in the effort.

“They’re improving the control line, and mopping up the larger fuels,” Smith said.

Smith said workers were concentrating in the Lower Twin Creek area to reinforce the dozer lines behind the residences.

“Those larger fuels are going to burn slowly and for a long time,” Smith said. “They’re going through and analyzing each log and either bringing it back in or covering it up to try to put those fuels out.”

Smith said the Shawnee wilderness area is closed as well as all the recreational trails in the wilderness area. A small section of State Forest Road 17 on Sunshine Road is closed to facilitate fire traffic.

Closure updates will be posted on their website – forestry.ohiodnr.gov.,

The weather is getting warm and drier again, and Smith urges the use of caution and observe the fire laws.

“No burning during the day — March, April and May,” Smith said.

Firefighter walks along the area of the forest fire in the wilderness area of Shawnee State Forest.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/04/web1_Forestfire1.jpgFirefighter walks along the area of the forest fire in the wilderness area of Shawnee State Forest.

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By Frank Lewis

flewis@civitasmedia.com

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

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