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Fires hit Dayville/Monument area

Fires hit area from Dayville to Monument Tuesday evening.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on July 29, 2014 12:01AM

Last changed on July 29, 2014 9:29PM

DAYVILLE – Several firefighting agencies have been in attack mode on several fires stretching from Dayville to Monument after lightning strikes hit the area Tuesday evening.

The fires were first reported at 5:30 p.m.

Currently, five fires are contained and two are growing.

Rob Pentzer, the John Day Unit Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry, said the Forest Service, ODF, BLM, Dayville Rural and Mt. Vernon firefighters have been involved in fighting the fires.

Two large air tankers each dropped fire retardant on fires near Dayville, and helicopters were seen in the area making water drops.

One fire burning near the city reservoir is contained, while another just north of Dayville, on top of Rudio Mountain, is still growing at approximately 200 acres.

Another fire near Tamarack Butte and Spray was burning 500 acres or more, Pentzer said.

He confirmed there are structures threatened, including homes. He described the terrain firefighters are dealing with as steep, rocky and remote.


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