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Wednesday update: Little overnight action on Sugar Loaf fire

By Tim Trainor

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on July 1, 2015 10:01AM

Last changed on July 1, 2015 11:03AM

The Sugar Loaf Fire, located outside Dayville, has steadied at about 5,000 acres.

The fire, though still just 20 percent contained, burned little additional acreage outside a fire perimeter. A fire line has been established on the north edge of the fire, and work has been completed to protect structures on Dick Creek Road.

As of July 1, three crews, two engines, 2 water tenders and 75 personnel kept an eye on the fire overnight. A larger day shift crew will attempt to further solidify fire lines Wednesday.

In addition, a Hot Shot crew worked on the Blue Basin Fire near State Route 19, maintaining containment without damaging sites in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

A crew also suppressed a small lightning fire discovered June 30, about four miles north of Sugarloaf Mountain. The same crew is working the Schoolhouse Gulch Fire, about 100 acres in size, located about two miles east of Dayville.

Crews continue to battle the still-growing Corner Creek Fire, located on the west side of the South Fork John Day River about 11 miles south of Dayville. It expanded by several thousand acres Tuesday.

The forecast for the rest of the week is for continuing hot weather with low humidity. Winds are a concern, especially in the evenings when they have been gusting to 20 mph.

In addition, the Jones Canyon Fire has grown to about 500 or 600 acres, burning 12 miles northeast of Monument. It is not yet contained.

The Harper Creek Complex, consisting of three lightning-caused fires of a combined 400 acres, is roughly 50-75 percent contained, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Jones Canyon Fire burning 20 miles southwest of Ukiah is 22 percent contained. Cause is under investigation.

The lightning-caused, 462-acre Candy Kid Fire burning on Bureau of Land Management lands eight miles north of Drewsy is 30 percent contained.

Updates on fires throughout the area will be posted at bluemountaineagle.com. Check back throughout the day.


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