Thunderstorms in northeastern Oregon sparked several fires over the weekend. The storms, which started Friday evening and lasted into Sunday morning, were mostly dry, with little to no rain reaching the ground. Oregon Department of Forestry firefighting resources responded to numerous fires on ODF-protected lands and also assisted cooperators with several other fires.
La Grande/Baker Unit Thorn Creek: A one-tenth-acre fire near Thief Valley Reservoir; lightning caused; now controlled and contained.
Smith Creek: A one-tenth-acre fire near the East Fork of Birch Creek; lightning caused; controlled and contained.
The following fires are being managed by the High Desert Type 3 Incident Management Team as a complex located near Pedro Mountain in Baker County:
- Pedro Mountain Fire: Seven acres; lightning caused; controlled.
- Pedro Mountain 2 Fire: Approximately two acres; lightning caused; controlled.
- North Dixie Creek Fire: Approximately two acres; lightning caused; controlled.
- Tater Gulch Fire: Approximately one-half acre; lightning caused; controlled.
Northeast Oregon District and Baker Unit resources are also continuing to assist on the Rail Fire near Unity, Oregon. ODF resources are working with the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 to minimize exposure and continued impacts to private lands. There has been no further growth on private lands. Approximately eight acres of private lands have burned to date. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
Pendleton Unit Gibbon Fire: Approximately 50 acres. The fire originated on tribal fee lands protected by ODF. Approximately 12 acres are burning on lands protected by ODF. The remainder of the fire is on the Umatilla National Forest. The fire is embedded in a brushy timber stringer, which will challenge firefighters today. The Gibbon Fire is on extremely steep ground. Cause is lightning. ODF resources including two Single-Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), which responded to this fire on Sunday. A Type 1 helicopter, a Type 2 helicopter and an Interagency Hotshot crew have been assigned to the fire for today. The fire is being managed by a combination of interagency resources.
Fire resources have been spread thin around the region, so minimizing human-caused fire starts is important. The public is reminded that ODF is currently in Regulated-Use Closure in the Northeast Oregon District, and federal lands are currently under public use restrictions. Current fire restrictions for forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at www.bmidc.org
http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/ is the spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains.