Barry Point Fire Straddles Two States
The Barry Point Fire located is located 22 miles southwest of Lakeview, OR on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and private lands. Part of the southern end of the fire affected area, however, is creeping into the state of California. The fire has affected 79,000 acres and is currently 30% contained.
More than 1,400 firefighters and support staff are fighting the Barry Point fire, aided on Wednesday by light and medium-sized helicopters dumping buckets of water on the blaze. Unfortunately, the Barry Point Fire continues to grow on the southern end in California, where it is burning timber and sagebrush on the Modoc National Forest. The spread of the fire four miles farther south into Northern California, prompted the fire management team to move its estimated containment date to Sept. 1.
The hot, dry weather which continues in the region contributes to the fire's ability to spread, and with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms through Saturday night in Klamath, Lake and Modoc counties, there is an increased chance of fire in those areas as well.
For more information on the Barry Point Fire visit: http://barrypointorfire.wordpress.com/ or go to www.inciweb.org . This natural-color satellite image shows smoke from the fire streaming northeast. It was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on August 15, 2012. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner. with information from inciweb.org