Efforts by aerial firefighters to suppress a fire across the Joseph Canyon region in Oregon, US, was hindered by ‘extreme weather’ conditions. Starting on 3 June, the fire spread 3,700 acres across five days and doubled in size on 6 June.
With the fire dissipating in milder winds, three helicopters have been successfully deployed in combating the fire.
Extreme winds prevent firefighting efforts
Matt Howard, Deputy Agency Administrator for Oregon Department of Forestry, said: “This is probably one of the most difficult places to fight fire in Oregon. Joseph Canyon is known for its extreme terrain, communications challenges, and natural hazards.”
Although the high winds prevented aerial firefighting efforts, it is also believed to have pushed back the fire line onto itself.