“Interagency cooperation was key in catching this fire,” said Doug Baxter, Heppner Ranger District Fire Management Officer. “The additional firefighting resources provided by our partners at Oregon Department of Forestry, successfully assisted the district with catching this fire.”
Firefighter success was aided by air resources, available crews, favorable winds and topography. Today firefighters are focusing on securing containment lines and mopping up hot spots near the control lines. Risks to firefighters working on the fire include excessive heat and snags, which continue to burn and fall inside the fire perimeter. Resources on the fire include seven engines, two crews, one water tender and one dozer. Approximately 60 personnel are assigned to the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Very hot and dry conditions are expected to persist in northeast Oregon through early next week. Firefighters will be facing high temperatures in the 90s with relative humidity around 15-20 percent. Light winds are forecasted for the fire area tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday.