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Threat to Prairie City greatly reduced

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City residents suffered through some scary moments Saturday as the Canyon Creek Complex fire, fanned by high winds, bore down on the city and evacuation orders were issued for parts of the town.

But fire crews...

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Prairie City evacuations reduced to Level 2

PRAIRIE CITY — All of Prairie City is now under a Level 2 or “be ready to leave at a moment’s notice” evacuation order.

Parts of the city early this morning were put on a Level 3 or “leave immediately”...

Convoy of vehicles leaves Prairie City
Convoy of vehicles leaves Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City took on a surreal appearance Saturday as a convoy of cars, pickups and trailers packed with personal belongings headed west to escape the advancing Canyon Creek Complex fire.

Parts of the city were ordered to...

Fire halted within 1.5 miles of Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — Flames got within a half mile of the Art Morgan Road and within 1.5 miles southwest of Prairie City and into Shaw Gulch Saturday before fire crews were able to halt the fire.

Evacuation levels, however, remain the...

‘Leave immediately’ order issued for much of Prairie City
‘Leave immediately’ order issued for much of Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — Prairie City residents began pouring out of town early Saturday morning after Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer issued an evacuation order.

A steady stream of vehicles was heading west, as rain mixed with ash fell on the...

7:30 a.m. update: Prairie City empties as fire approaches
7:30 a.m. update: Prairie City empties as fire approaches

Severe winds, above 45 mph, have fueled another advance of the Canyon Creek Complex, putting the town of Prairie City in danger.

At 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a steady stream of residents both in the Level 3 mandatory evacuation areas and the...

Rare wind storm threatens to push fire out of wilderness
Rare wind storm threatens to push fire out of wilderness

By Tim Trainor

Blue Mountain Eagle

Fire officials are being forced to make another stand against the destructive and unpredictable Canyon Creek Complex fire as a rare August wind storm is set to arrive Saturday.

Weather forecasters...

National Guard crews head to the hills
National Guard crews head to the hills

For the first time since 2002, Oregon National Guard crews are working fire lines in the state.

About 120 men and women split into six crews to pound through ground that had already been scorched by the Canyon Creek Complex fires more than a...

Fire crews worry about stronger southwest winds due tonight

Canyon Creek Complex fire crews are worried about stronger southwest winds beginning this evening and into tomorrow.

Hot and dry conditions, along with an unstable air mass, will persist. Residents should anticipate smoke columns and active fire...

Strawberry Lake, campground within three miles of fire lines

The Canyon Creek Complex fire is less than three miles from the Strawberry Lake basin, but Oregon National Guard troops are working to keep it away from an iconic piece of Eastern Oregon’s wilderness.

Stefanie Gatchell, a public...

Canyon Creek Complex fire jumps 11,311 acres, one building lost

The Canyon Creek Complex fire jumped to 85,960 acres, an increase of 11,311 acres from Wednesday.

The 134-square-mile fire is 44 percent contained.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed this morning one building, not a main dwelling,...

Canyon Creek Complex update, timeline
Canyon Creek Complex update, timeline

This is the timeline for the days following the initial outbreak of the Canyon Creek Complex fire:

Donations pour into Fairgrounds Relief Center for victims of wildfire
Donations pour into Fairgrounds Relief Center for victims of wildfire
Donations continue to come in at the relief center located at the Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day.
Old West fund swells to nearly $50,000

JOHN DAY — Donations to Old West Federal Credit Union’s fund for Canyon Creek Complex fire victims have been pouring in.

According to Ken Olsen, Old West CEO, the Community Fire Relief Fund total was “just shy of...

Firefighters work to contain Canyon Creek, two other fires
Firefighters work to contain Canyon Creek, two other fires

This is the timeline for the days following the initial outbreak of the Canyon Creek Complex fire:

Wildlife move out of fire-torched areas
ODFW district biologist reports on the state of wildlife; also, hunting season remains open.
What did they say? Wildfire terminology
Here are definitions for some common wildfire words and terms.
City chooses to ‘opt out’ of marijuana sales
John Day City Council bans marijuana dispensaries
Summit Creek open house canceled

The Prairie City Ranger District is canceling the Summit Creek Landscape Restoration Project open house.

For more information, contact the Prairie City Ranger District, 541-820-3800.

Cops & Courts
Here's a look at this week's local law enforcement logs.
Forest Service defends Canyon Creek response
The Malheur National Forest has detailed, step by step, what they did to try and suppress the Canyon Creek Complex before homes were destroyed.
New fire found northeast of Prairie City
Another fire breaks out 13 miles northeast of Prairie City.
New fire found northeast of Prairie City
Another fire breaks out 13 miles northeast of Prairie City.
More homes evacuated in Canyon Creek Complex
About 22 homes have been evacuated on Upper Pine Creek and Upper Dog Creek south of John Day as the Canyon Creek Complex continues to burn.
Crews pulled off Canyon Creek Complex fire
Crews pulled off Canyon Creek Complex fire
Fire conditions improve
Progress being made on Canyon Creek Complex fire
Fire conditions improve
Highway 395 opens with pilot car assistance
Highway 395 opens with pilot car assistance
Highway 395 opens up to traffic Saturday, Aug. 22, with assistance of a pilot car.
What now for burned forests?
What now for burned forests?

The damage caused by the Canyon Creek Complex wildfire south of John Day isn’t just limited to 39 destroyed houses.

Flames have also torched tens of thousands of acres of trees and vegetation throughout the Canyon Creek watershed,...

Some evacuations lifted or reduced for Canyon Creek Complex fire

JOHN DAY — Some evacuations have been lifted, including the Level 1 alert in Seneca, and others have been decreased in a few areas affected by the Canyon Creek Complex fire.


Some roads also have re-opened.

Firefighter motivated by community’s appreciation
Firefighter motivated by community’s appreciation
A firefighter tells how he and his fellow crew members appreciate the John Day area community.
Tiny town holds its breath as fire rumbles in the distance
Tiny town holds its breath as fire rumbles in the distance
The town of Seneca is coping under the shadow of the nearby Canyon Creek Complex fire.