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Firefighters are continuing to make good progress on the Corner Creek Fire, located 11 miles south of Dayville on the Ochoco National Forest. The fire has grown to over 26,000 acres, but much of the new growth is from planned burnout operations.
Last night, firefighters took advantage of favorable weather conditions to complete several miles of burnout along the 5840 road on the west flank of the fire. By creating this fuel break ahead of the fire, firefighters hope to keep the Corner Creek Fire from expanding further west toward Tamarack Butte.
More than 400 firefighters are working on the south half of the fire, continuing an aggressive mop up operation. They are making a concerted effort to pin down this part of the fire over the next few days.
As the weather has become less hot and dry, the fire behavior has moderated. This allows firefighters the opportunity to cool the existing fire edge, reducing the chance of flare-ups and spot fires. Containment on the fire has increased to 15%.
The north end of the fire is burning in the Black Canyon Wilderness, with rugged terrain and limited access. The management of this part of the fire has been split into a separate branch to maintain a safe span of control for the fire organization. Hot shot crews are evaluating containment options in this area using light-on-the-land suppression tactics. They are camping in a remote “spike” camp to the west of the wilderness to reduce travel times to their work areas.
Suppression operations are being supervised by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 1, led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Plans are being implemented to transition the Corner Creek Fire management to Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander Brett Fillis.
Information about the Corner Creek Fire is posted online at: www.centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com