Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scott Canyon Fire update

The Scott Canyon fire started on Thursday July 21, 2016.  It is currently burning about 9 miles Northwest of Condon and is approximately 31,000 acres.  It is burning on BLM and Gilliam County protected lands.  A unified command has been established and the fire has transitioned to a Type 3 Incident Management Team today.
Air and ground resources are actively working to stop the fire spread. Five Single Engine Air Tankers, and one Fire Boss (a small airtanker that scoops water from large lakes and rivers) have been assisting crews on the ground. In addition, a Type 1, and 2 Type 2 Helicopters have been providing bucket drops. Almost 100 personnel are working to control this incident.

The most active area of the fire is currently the Southwest section in the Tenmile and Hay Creek canyon areas, burning towards Highway 206. It is predominately burning in light grassy fuels in the canyons and threatening wheat fields on the flat ground above the canyons. No structures are threatened at this time. Cottonwood Canyon State Park is open.
It is anticipated that we will have a warming trend over the next few days, which will keep fuels dry and available for active burning and potential for increased fire behavior.
Fire restrictions 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.  We also ask that people be cognizant of increased fire traffic and possibility of smoke impacts if driving Highway 206.

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