Stubblefield, Seale, Lonerock and Jennie’s Peak Fires, August 21st Update

Incident Commanders:           Ian Yocum, Oregon State Fire Marshal

                                                          Eric Knerr, Northwest Team 7

 Contact: Rich Tyler/Jeanne Klein  541-239-3619, OSFM/NW Team 7 Public Information Officers

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[Condon, Oregon] NW Team 7 joined the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office in Unified Command as of 6:00 am Tuesday morning.  NW Team 7 will also assume command of Jennie’s Peak Fire in Wheeler County and will be assigning resources to that fire. The Stubblefield, Seale, Lonerock, and Jennie’s Peak fires now total 77,500 acres burned with 27% containment. There are currently 443 total firefighters on the incident. Last night’s community meeting in the town of Lonerock was a success with 17 people in attendance.  A breakout of the individual fires are as follows:

 Stubblefield: Current acreage for the Stubblefield fire is 21,000 acres and sitting at 50% containment.  The weather overnight brought cooler temperatures, and higher humidities resulting in no significant fire behavior. Priority operations are to secure the line in the Ferry Canyon area and the North Flank of the fire.

 Seale: Current acreage for the Seale Fire is 15,500 acres and is at 20% containment. No significant fire movement overnight was noted, and crews continue operations to strengthen the line. Priorities for this fire are to prevent eastward movement and to prevent the fire from moving into the canyons to the south and west and making a run. Crews continued fire operations throughout the night to secure the line along Armstrong Rd. A dozer line along Buckhorn Rd has also added to the containment line. Structure protection resources will continue to work in the area to strengthen the lines around houses and outbuildings.

  Lonerock: Current acreage of the Lonerock Fire holds at 5,000 acres and has a solid containment line on the Northern and Western flanks of the fire.  Crews continue to monitor fire activity and look for ways to improve containment lines on the Eastern/ Southeastern sides. Overall the fire outlook is positive.

  Jennie’s Peak: Current acreage for this fire is 36,000 acres and 10% containment. Oregon Department of Forestry crews worked through the night to contain spot fires on the Northeastern Flank. Successful firing operations from Shaw Canyon to Cherry Creek along the Southwestern Flank as well as Rhodes Canyon Rd were conducted yesterday and will continue today weather permitting.  The fire has not crossed the John Day River. The Sheriff’s Department has begun notifying residents along Pine Creek but has not issued evacuation orders. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation information center at the Condon High school and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday.

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