Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scott Canyon Fire - morning update

Condon, Ore. – Yesterday crews made good progress on the Scott Canyon fire using engines, hand crews, dozers, air resources, and burn out operations.  It is currently 9 miles Northwest of Condon and burning on BLM and Gilliam County protected lands. Mapping late yesterday put the fire at 33,587 acres and 55% contained. It has come to within 200 feet of Highway 206. Fire crews will continue to monitor and secure all lines and begin mop up along the edges.  The public may see residual smoke and small columns within the fire perimeter in areas of unburned fuels.
Early last night Scott Canyon fire resources responded to a new start located in Cottonwood Canyon State Park.  Incident 369 was contained at five acres.  The State Park does remain open.
The cause of both Scott Canyon Fire and Incident 369 are still under investigation.
Enjoy your public lands but make sure to follow fire restrictions that are in effect for both Bureau of Land Management and Gilliam County. Campfires and charcoal fires are banned, and visitors should only use gas or propane stoves. 

The Scott Canyon Fire moved rapidly up the steep canyons of the John Day River, threatening wheat fields and other crops. Smoke will be visible from some of these interior canyons for awhile.

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