Central Oregon – Firefighters have been busy responding to 10 new fires from the lightning storms that passed through Central Oregon on Monday and Tuesday. The largest fire from those storms so far is the Day Basin Fire approximately 7 miles southwest of Dayville.
Large air tankers have been dropping retardant on the Day Basin Fire to slow the spread of the blaze. Firefighters have been challenged by erratic winds and difficult access but the fire has now been lined by bulldozers at 41 acres and the Prineville Interagency Hotshots as well as a Type 2 hand crew will be working into the evening to secure the line.
The other large incident in Central Oregon is incident 519 on the Brothers-Hampton Rural Fire Protection Association (RFPA) area south of Bear Creek and 12 miles northwest of Millican. The fire is currently estimated at 30 acres. Prineville District BLM engines and a crew are responding along with the RFPA to the grass fire that is currently burning on private land near BLM managed lands.
The remainder of the fires have been held to under .25 acre.
A Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Pendleton from Thursday July 30 at 5:00 am through 6:00 pm for dry thunderstorms. This is in effect for most of Central Oregon.
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