Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Morning update - Steward Ditch 2 fire near Dayville

Steward Ditch II fire – burning 4 miles east of Dayville, Oregon (Grant County)

Fire Size: 290 acres
Containment: 50 percent
Lightning-caused -- reported July 7, 2012

Incident management team composed of ODF, local fire resources and Umatilla National Forest / Malheur National Forest

100 persons working fire scene; 4 fire engines, 1 bulldozer, 1 Tender, six 20-person hand crews, various overhead, and 1small engine air tanker (SEAT).

Current Situation: Crews are working to continue to construct new fire line and reinforce the existing fire line. There is heat remaining within the interior of the fire and some flames and smoke can still be seen. Crews will begin extinguishing burning material along and near the partial containment line that has been established. At one point Sunday, one area of the fire became too hot for crews to work in, so retardant was used to cool the fire’s edge so that crews could return and continue line construction.

Weather: A red flag warning is still in effect from noon today until 10 a.m. on Tuesday for thunderstorms that will produce abundant lightning. “Red Flag Warning” is a term used by National Weather Service forecasters to notify people of current or developing weather patterns that may evolve into dangerous fire weather. Winds will be very gusty and erratic during times when thunderstorms move over the fire area. This will test how effectively the partially established containment line is holding.

Public Safety: Highway 26 is currently open. The public is urged to watch for fire traffic around milepost 136, near Prairie Trout Farm. Lighted highway signs have been set up to caution people as the drive through.

Special Prevention Message: It is important that landowners and the public understand what fire season means on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry. At this time burning is not allowed, other than in a burn barrel with a valid permit. Campfire safety must be practiced by making sure your campfire is not left unattended and is dead out whenever you leave it. Also, you need the permission of the landowner before you have a campfire.

Angie Johnson
Oregon Department of Forestry / John Day Unit Forester


  1. NWCC webpage shows 2 fires in the area, Stewart Ditch II and Longdraw/ Longdraw looks to be in the same area as Stewart Ditch II. It's a bit confusing. Stewart Ditch II is relatively small but Longdraw is 45sq miles. Is it the same fire?? Just given 2 different names because it stretches ODF land and BLM land??

  2. GL: The Longdraw Fire about four miles east of Dayville is a separate incident from the Steward Ditch 2 Fire and is being fought by the Bureau of Land Management.


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