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    Sheila Oliver

    Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn attended the Graham fire briefing this morning and obtained the following information.

    The Graham Fire is burning both inside and outside the 3 Rivers Subdivision. Fire activity this morning is low at the moment and crews will be “hitting it hard” today trying to get any hot spots extinguished in hopes to prevent any further flare up. Fire containment lines have all held overnight. Fire commanders reminded all the firefighters this fire started from a small spark and turned into a 2,000 acre fire very quickly. The commander stressed to everyone to take their time and leave this place “better than they found it”.

    During the safety briefing fire commanders commented on the high numbers of persons who refused to evacuate the area and are riding ATV’s and pulling trailers with boats down narrow roads that fire tenders are also traveling on. The commanders stressed to their crews to be aware of the dangers on the roads inside 3 Rivers. The Sheriff’s Office asks those who did not evacuate to please stay on your property and off the roads. The area has not been deemed safe for people to recreate in and is causing unnecessary concerns fire fighters trying to help our community.

    All road closures will remain in effect all day today. 3 Rivers will remain in a level 3 evacuation level (get out and don’t return). Sheriff’s Deputies will remain in the area on extra patrol supporting our fire fighters and our local community.

    More information will be shared once we receive it or after tomorrows morning fire briefing.

    Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn

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