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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Morning Update - August 7, 2012

The Incident 392 Fire near Sisters was the single large fire on ODF-protected lands reported to the Salem Coordination Center during the past 24 hours.

Work continues today throughout central and south-central Oregon detecting ‘holdover’ fires that may have been ignited during Sunday’s extensive thunder/lightning storms.


The Cougar Fire was reported Sunday burning in brush 50 miles south of Jordan Valley in eastern Malheur County. The fire, on BLM ownership and believed to be a lightning-caused ignition, is 100 percent contained Tuesday morning and estimated at 467 acres.

The lightning-caused Lava Fire (BLM) burning 15 miles northeast of Fort Rock is estimated at 21,546 acres and 85 percent contained. Fire was reported July 23.

The Lytle Fire is 3 miles south of Vale burning grasslands under BLM protection. Fire size is estimated at 4,000 acres and is 50 percent contained. Lightning ignited the fire, which was reported Monday. BLM crews are assisted by the Vale, Nyssa and Ontario rural fire departments.

The Berry Point Fire was reported Monday burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest west of Dog Mountain in Lake County. The lightning-caused fire is burning in timber, estimated Tuesday to be 150 acres. No estimate on containment.

For information on wildfires in all jurisdictions within Oregon, go to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website, or to the national Incident Information System website,

Kevin Weeks / ODF Public Affairs

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