DAYVILLE – Firefighters are tackling a new wildfire burning south of Dayville and estimated at 3,000 acres this morning.
The fire was one of more than 20 reported since 8 p.m. Thursday in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District, after an intense lightning storm passed over the region.
The fires were reported from the east slope of the Cascades to the Dayville area.
The largest was the one about 15 miles south of Dayville and four miles east of the South Fork John Day River. It was burning largely on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands.
Dispatchers said crews worked overnight to protect three threatened structures in the Murderers Creek area and keep a road open for ranch owners to access their property.
Two fires southwest of Dayville are sending smoke into the area, but haven’t grown beyond yesterday’s sizes of 13 and 40 acres.
ODF is managing the Haystack Complex, with the three fires now estimated at 1,740 acres total.
Haystack includes the main fire, still active three miles northeast of Spray, measuring 1,200 acres. Crews are mopping up at the Throop Fire, northeast of Dayville, 490 acres, and the Steet Fire, seven miles northeast of Monument, at 50 acres.
Meanwhile, the Malheur National Forest officials said the lightning storm was accompanied by rain over the highlands of the forest.
The Emigrant Creek Ranger District reported three new fires, all small. The Blue Mountain Ranger District reported one lightning fire near Aldrich Mountain, with crews working to keep it small, and Prairie City Ranger District reported a single-tree fire.