Fire behavior increased late yesterday afternoon on the Wilson Prairie Fire, resulting in the fire moving outside the fireline on the southern portion of the fire. The fire, pushed by afternoon winds and warm temperatures spotted across the retardant lines into dry fuels. Three helicopters were used to drop water on hotspots while tankers were used to lay retardant lines in front of the fire to slow the spread so ground resources could engage and build fireline. The fire continued to grow to the south. Firelines on the north portion of the fire continue to hold. Firefighters are working to stop the fire progress in the south using firefighters, dozers, and fire engines supported by helicopters and tankers. Current resources on the fire includes three helicopters, six crews, twelve engines, four dozers, and two tenders. The fire is currently estimated at 700 acres.
A large area, trail and road closure within the vicinity of Bull Prairie Lake and the Wilson Prairie area has been implemented on the Wilson Prairie Fire. A map and detailed description of the area closure is available at any Umatilla National Forest office. The Morrow County Off-Highway Vehicle Park and Campground is currently open, however some trails may be impacted by the fire activity. Please observe all trail and area closures.
Today the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Umatilla National Forest will in-brief Northwest Interagency Team 8, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, who will take control of the fire at 6 a.m. Thursday morning. The growth and complexity of the fire over the last few days prompted the agencies to bring in the Type 2 team to manage the increasing personnel and firefighting assets needed to contain the fire. ODF and the Umatilla National Forest will remain engaged with the team as they work to suppress the fire.
Information for the fire is available on InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6028/
The weather forecast for the region is a continued hot and dry trend with poor humidity recovery. Please follow restrictions to limit potential human wildfire ignitions.
• Regulated Closure is in effect for ODF’s Central Oregon District. Specific restrictions, intended to reduce human caused fires, can be found at www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
• Phase A of the Public Use Restrictions (PURS) for the Umatilla National Forest is in effect. For more information regarding these and other restrictions on the Umatilla National Forest visit www.bmidc.org.
The area closure includes:
Starting at State Highway 207 at its junction with the Forest Boundary in T7S, R25E, Section 3, South to Forest Service Road (FSR) 24, then follow FSR 24 east to its junction with FSR 23, then follow FSR 23 east to FSR 2128, then follow FSR 2128 north to the Forest Boundary at T7S, R26 Section 2, then following the Forest Boundary west to State Highway 207.
In addition, the following roads are closed:
• National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039000 - From the Junction of Highway 207 easterly to Morrow County Road Wilson Creek Road 732 - 5.0 miles.
• National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2000350 - From the Junction of Highway 207, easterly to National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039000 – 4.6 miles.
• National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2307000 - From the Junction of National Forest System Road 2300000, northeasterly to Bull Prairie Campground National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2300000 – 8.5 miles
• National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2307035 - From the Junction of National Forest System Road 2307000, north to Bull Prairie Campground National Forest System Road (NFSR) 2039030 – 0.8 miles.