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

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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