Lightning is largely absent from Oregon this week. However, warm, dry weather will greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21. Avoiding activities that can spark a wildfire is key to making the eclipse a safe and pleasant experience for all. One measure adopted to reduce the risk of wildfire is a temporary ban, now in effect, on all campfires in state parks

Monday, August 23, 2010

Update on Longbox Fire


John Day Unit

Fire News – August 23, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. PDT
Contact: Angie Johnson, Oregon Department of Forestry, (541) 620-4360

Longbox Fire -

Date Started: 8/23/2010
Cause of Ignition: Human, Under Investigation
Location: 6 miles east of Dayville, north of Hwy 26
Size: approximately 15 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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, and Oregon Department of Transportation

Additional information:

Aircraft and engine crews have responded to a fire near Long Box Ranch, off 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. Crews intend on corralling fire burning in grass, brush, and Juniper late this evening. Crews will work through the night in order to stop fire spread. Primary safety concerns include steep, rocky terrain and poor access.

Current weather will be favorable. Temperature on fire is 78 degrees with 20% relative humidity. Winds are 0-5 mph out of the west.

At this time, there are no closures in place.


Call John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 575-1321.

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