The Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) and the Ochoco National Forest, Lookout Mountain Ranger District, are managing the Wildcat fire located 1 mile west of Spears Meadows south of Forest Service Road 3350 and along Highway 26 at mile marker 42. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, however, there was lightning in the area over the past weekend.
Given the time of year and favorable weather conditions, crews are using existing roads and natural barriers for containment opportunities and using drip torches and burn out operations to secure established containment lines. The fire is burning within an old harvest treatment area and anticipated fire effects will be complementary to previous treatments.
This strategy will allow fire to play its natural ecological role on the landscape while minimizing firefighter risk, promoting vegetation health and vigor in the fire area and reducing hazardous fuels. When completed early next week, the final perimeter is expected to be approximately 130 acres. This approach is in line with the Ochoco National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
“With the current weather conditions we are seeing right now and what we are anticipating in the near future, this is a good opportunity for us to begin reintroducing fire into our ecosystem,” says District Ranger, Slater Turner.
Smoke may be visible in the area and along Highway 26. While no formal closure is in place, the public is encouraged to avoid the fire area.
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