Firefighters spent the day holding and improving containment lines on the fire. The fire remains at 15,000 acres and is still 50 percent contained. Crews will work overnight and next morning completing the last sections of fire line.
Increasing temperatures and wind predicted for the next several days could challenge fire suppression efforts. Crews will not only focus on mopping up any hot spots near the fire's perimeter, but will also be watching for spot fires from any flare ups along the line.
ODOT continues to provide a pilot car to lead vehicles past the portion of the fire burning along Highway 218 east of the John Day River. At this time, delays are expected to be less than 20 minutes. The John Day River and nearby Clarno boat launch remain open. Helicopters are still using the river for dipping buckets; boaters should use caution when passing through the area.
Fire conditions are high throughout much of Central Oregon, with conditions on the John Day and Lower Deschutes Rivers approaching extreme. Know before you go - find out if fire restrictions are in place if you plan to head out camping and have a back up plan like a white gas or propane cook stove. Make sure all campfires are dead out when you go to bed or when you leave the campsite. Planning ahead let's you have a safe and fun vacation!