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Firefighters on the ground lay hose in advance of the Toll Fire. Photo by Victoria Metcalf

Toll and Squirrel Fires

8 p.m.: The Forest Service released some information after its evening briefing, though more details are expected later after all of the firefighters report on the day’s activities. The Cascade spot fire has been wrapped up at .41 acres. The Toll Fire is essentially the same acreage (50 acres) and has a line around it, though the line needs strengthening and mop-up to make sure the they hold, particularly with tomorrow’s forecast for thunderstorms. The Squirrel Fire is proving the most troublesome. There is line around portions of it, but it is not tied in, nor secure. This fire has the most likelihood to spread and continue threatening nearby homes. It is very steep and treacherous with heavy dry fuels.

3 p.m.: There are now 350 personnel assigned to the Toll and Squirrel fires and a fire camp has been established at the fairgrounds. Crew continue to make progress building containment lines and mopping up hotspots; acreage remains roughly the same. There have been no further evacuations, but 70 structures remain threatened.

8:35 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21: The Toll and Squirrel fires that broke out yesterday afternoon near Oakland Camp now stand at 50 and 250 acres respectively. A small spot fire from the Toll, is the Cascade. Fire crews continue to construct direct line around the fires where it is safe to do so, but some of the terrain is very steep and rugged, with winds expected today.

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