Current situation

Hot, dry weather continues to dry out fuels. That makes any fires that do get started likely to spread quickly and be harder to put out. As a result, many ODF districts and forest protective associations are tightening restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. For example, fire danger in the Douglas Forest Protective Association and The Dalles Unit of ODF's Central Oregon District is now rated as extreme. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Buckhorn Fire on federal land now 2,200 acres

Source: Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

Central Oregon – Firefighters, working in very steep terrain, continue to work to suppress the now 2,200-acre Buckhorn Fire. The fire is burning in a remote section of the John Day River approximately 13 miles north of Clarno. The fire started Tuesday along the east side of the river; however wind Tuesday afternoon helped the fire jump to the west side of the river as well. The growth on the fire today is primarily attributed to the steep slopes and wind, as well as the light, grassy fuels. At this time, there is no estimate of containment.

Firefighters successfully completed a burnout operation along a nearby ranch as a prevention measure, and no structures are currently threatened. There are no closures in effect along the John Day River.

The fire is staffed with a 5-person hand crew, three Hotshot crews, four rappellers, two Type I Helicopters, one Type II helicopter, and five engines. A Type II Incident Management Team will assume command of this incident Thursday morning.

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