The Corner Creek Fire continues to burn actively on the west side of the South Fork John Day River, 11 miles south of Dayville. It is the largest fire in the area with 19,000 burned acres and 0% contained. The fire is burning on Prineville BLM, Ochoco National Forest and private lands. Part of the fires is in the Black Canyon Wilderness. Structure protection is being done with aerial resources. Day shift firefighters to protect cabins and various outbuildings, extinguish spot fires and begin control lines for the fire. Night shift firefighters are concentrating on structure protection and preventing the fire from crossing the river.
The fire is growing rapidly, spreading to the south and southwest. A strong and visible pyro-cumulus clouds formed over the fire yesterday afternoon, towering to more than 20,000 feet. Firefighters are protecting structures in the vicinity. Fire crews are looking for opportunities to control the fire spread, including clearing fuels near forest roads to the south and west of the fire. These may be used as fire lines for burnout operations.
Steep terrain on the south end of the fire is causing difficulty for firefighters and to the west the fire is burning in grass and bush.
The South Fork Road/County Road 42 has been closed to the general public from near Dayville to south of the US Forest Service 58 Road junction due to fire activity. Local traffic should drive with caution due to heavy fire-related traffic. A forest closure has been issued for part of the Ochoco National Forest near the Corner Creek Fire, including the Black Canyon Wilderness.
The camp for firefighters assigned to these fires are on Highway 26 about 2.5 miles west of Dayville. Drivers are asked to drive with caution in this area and watch for heavy fire traffic.
The Sugarloaf Fire, 8 miles north of Dayville, is currently 85% contained and 5,057 burned acres. Burnout operations are continuing in the northeast edge where the fire is most active with heavy fuels.
The Sugarloaf Fire, Blue Basin Fire and Schoolhouse Gulch Fire have little heat and are being patrolled. Fire personnel and equipment not needed on these fires are being reassigned to the Corner Creek Fire.
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 is managing the Corner Creek Fire and Surgarloaf Fire.
The Harper Creek Complex, nine miles southwest of John Day, is now 100% contained.
The Jones Canyon Fire, 20 miles southwest of Ukiah has shown little activity in the past couple of days. Resources have been released at a steady rate over the past two days.
The forecast for the rest of the week is a concern for fire managers. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 8 p.m., Saturday, July 4 indicating an increased chance of fire development and spread. The forecast calls for continuing hot weather with low humidity and northwest winds gusting 20 to 25 mph. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Friday and Saturday due to expected hot, dry weather with wind gusts to 30 mph.
Other fires outside of Grant County:
The Flat Iron Fire on the Heppner Ranger District three miles west of Bull Prairie Lake is estimated at 11 acres and 60% contained.
The Rocky Flat Fire, located near Highway 207 and Big Flat Road, burned 127 acres and is now 100 percent contained.
Crews also continue to secure and improve control lines on theTexas Fire, two miles east of Madison Butte Lookout. The fire is currently 80 percent contained and staffed with one crew and 12 rappellers. Mop up continues in heavy fuels.
Resources continue to mop up and patrol the fires within theTable Rock Complex located on the Walla Walla and Pomeroy Ranger Districts two miles south of Bluewood Ski Area. The five fires (three fires in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and two fires in the Mill Creek Watershed) burned a total of 80 acres and remains 95 percent contained.
A new fire five miles south of Clarno has been estimated at 800 acres. Several helicopters, engines and rappellers have responded in addition to two SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers). It has been confirmed that one abandoned structure was consumed by the fire which is burning in light grasses and brush. The cause of the fire is undetermined.