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

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Long Box fire fully contained; final news release

John Day Unit

Fire News – August 23, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. PDT
Contact: Angie Johnson, Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 620-4360

Long Box Fire – Final News Release

Date Started: 8/23/2010
Cause of Ignition: Human (vehicle fire)
Location: 6 miles east of Dayville, north of Hwy 26
Final Size: 48 acres
Percent Contained: 100% lined with dozer; containment expected by end of shift tomorrow.

Resources include:

4 Oregon Department of Forestry Engines; 2 Tenders - 1 Mt. Vernon Rural Tender and 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Tender; 1 Oregon Department of Forestry Dozer (operated by Oregon Department of Transportation); 2 Single Engine Air Tankers; 2 Helicopters; 1 Heavy Air Tanker

Agencies Involved: Oregon Department of Forestry, Mt. Vernon Rural Fire Department, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation

Additional information:

Monday’s activities - Aircraft and engine crews responded to a fire near Dayville, north of Highway 26. Private land and Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) threatened, including 1 residence and 3 other structures. The fire spread was stopped around 6:30 p.m. this evening with retardant and helicopter bucket drops; the fire was lined with a dozer by 8:30 p.m. An engine will patrol the fire overnight for hot spots.

Tuesday’s activities – 2 engines and a 20-person hand crew will be on the fire conducting mop-up activities, as well as continuing patrol for hot spots.

Clear skies and higher temperatures are expected through Wednesday.

At this time, there are no closures in place.

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