Rattlesnake Fire containment at 70 percent

PENDLETON – The Incident Command Team battling both the southern and northern Meacham Complex of fires has turned control over to local firefighters for the southern portion of the fire burning near Mission in Umatilla County. Those fires have either been declared to be out or 100 percent contained.

The firefighters are turning their attention to the Rattlesnake Fire, also referred to as the northern Meacham Complex near Dayton, Washington. Progress was made over the weekend. The fire is now reported to be 70 percent contained at 485 acres.

Further relief is expected today as a weather system will move through the area bringing clouds, a chance of showers, and higher humidity. Monday’s temperatures will also continue to be cool before things become hotter and sunny on Tuesday. The weekend winds caused the fire to spread somewhat, but it did not escape the containment lines that had been established.

The Rattlesnake Fire is threatening private lands, wilderness, and recreation. Tucannon Road is closed at the Tucannon Campground with no access into the Panjab or Lady Bug campgrounds. Forest Road 4620, known as Patrick Grade, is also temporarily closed at the forest boundary due to fire traffic. There is also an area closure south of Panjab and Tucannon Creek Junction.

Photo of the spike camp for the Rattlesnake Fire via Inciweb