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Fire Bosses near Warm Springs warn Drivers and Residents about Smoke from the Fire


The Waterfalls 2 Fire about 20 miles west of Warm Springs has grown another 1000 plus acres and is now around 7300 acres.  Firefighters say people who live in the area and drive through the fire area can probably expect a lot of smoke at times.
 
The fire has also forced closures for some campgrounds and trails near the fire.
Fire Spokesperson Doug Epperson says it's affecting many people and in different ways.
 
Epperson spoke to 1110 KBND news...
 
 "impacts are a couple of different facets- for one-a lot of different traffic on the road-competing between tourists and tribe members and fire crews -  we're having air quality issues - the ones that are more sensitive are already starting to have more signs and symptoms of having effects from the smoke." 
 
Fire bosses say Sunday was explosive on the fire lines, that Monday was a relatively calm day and Tuesday they were anticipated some more action on the fire.  They says winds from the Southwest were in the forecast.  So that could mean smoky conditions for people in Warm Springs and added  challenges for drivers on highway 26 at and near Warm Springs.
 
The fire acreage was updated Tuesday morning. It was sparked by a lightning strike on August 4th.

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