Thursday, July 9, 2015

Corner Creek Fire Update, 7/9, 9:00am

Corner Creek Fire Update
Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Fire Information: (541) 987-2348

The Corner Creek Fire remained at 28,766 acres.  Wet and cooler weather allowed crews to continue strengthening the fire lines along the perimeter, but work was cut short on portions of the fire line due to lightning in the area in the afternoon.  Thunderstorms yesterday dropped rain from less than 0.10 inch to 0.25 inch across the fire.  The Corner Creek Fire stayed within established containment lines.  Continued helicopter water drops successfully checked the spread of the fire along unlined fire edge.

A red flag warning for lightning is in effect today from 12:00pm to 9:00pm across the fire.  The weather service is forecasting scattered thunderstorms with frequent lightning.

The fire is 50 percent contained and 1,124 people are assigned to the Corner Creek Fire suppression effort. Today’s focus continues on securing the fire’s perimeter and mopping up hot spots inside the fire line.

The fire is burning on public lands managed by the Ochoco National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management – Prineville District, with some private lands within or near to the burned area. The fire started June 29 from a lightning strike in the Black Canyon Wilderness.

The north end of the fire is burning in the Black Canyon Wilderness, with rugged terrain and limited access. Management of this section of the fire has been split into a separate branch to maintain a safe span of control for the fire organization. Crews are building containment lines 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.

Aircraft assigned to the Corner Creek Fire were also used yesterday to help with firefighting efforts on the West Fork Fire, located 10 miles southeast of Dayville on the Malheur National Forest.


Closure Information
Road Closure:  South Fork Road/Co. Rd. 42 has been closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity.

Area Closure:  On the North, from the Ochoco Forest boundary at the North Fork of Birch Creek in Township 13S, Range 25E, Section 30, south to the Ochoco Forest Boundary near the junction of the 58 and 030 roads (including Sugar Creek Campground), and all roads, trails and Forest lands east to the Ochoco Forest Boundary (see Inciweb map).

Detailed closure information is located at:

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