Monday, July 21, 2014

Ochoco Complex Fire Update, 7/21

Ochoco Complex Fire Update
July 21, 2014
Fire Information:  208-741-9262

Start Date
Water Tender
Total Personnel
July 13
6,301 acres

Summary: Lightning swept across the area July 13 starting many fires across the Forest and neighboring BLM land.  Five of these fires escaped initial attack and are now being managed as the Ochoco Complex.  Great Basin Management Team 6, under the direction of Incident Commander Tracy Dunford assumed command of the fire at 6 pm, July 19, 2014. 
·        Antelope Springs Fire:  Located near Antelope Spring, about 3 miles east of Forest Road 22 along Forest Road 900, near the Forest’s northern border.  21 acres
·        Broadway Fire:  Located south of Forest Road 22, near Peterson Lava.  53 acres
·        Fox Fire/Oscar Canyon:  Located approximately 3 miles northwest of the North Fork Wilderness Study Area, near Forest Road 4230 and 17 miles east of Post, Oregon.  6,036 acres
·        Lava Fire:  Located near the junction of Forest Roads 22 and 4210, near the northwest corner of Big Summit Prairie.  191 acres

Current Situation: Fire crews are patrolling and mopping up the Antelope and Broadway Fires today.   The Lava fire established a 5 acre spot in Howard Creek yesterday.  Fire crews were successful at slowing the progress of the spot fire. The Fox fire is the largest fire in the complex and now encompasses the Oscar Canyon Fire.  This fire grew significantly yesterday from approximately 2,100 acres to over 6,000 acres and progressed to the east and southeast and became well established in the Crooked River drainage. Partly cloudy and relatively cooler weather today, combined with light winds and moderate humidity will moderate fire behavior.  Firefighters will take advantage of today’s weather to make progress on fire containment before the predicted lightning comes through the area Tuesday and Wednesday.

Closures:  A Closure Order is in effect.  For the full Closure Order and Map, visit Inciweb at

Highway 26 remains closed to public traffic 15 miles east of Prineville to 8 miles west of Mitchell. For alternate routes, contact fire information at the Ochoco Complex 208-741-9262 or the Waterman Complex at 541-787-4321.

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