Wheeler County, OR – Overnight conditions and firefighter efforts keep the Alder Creek Fire in place, but another day of Red Flag conditions persist.
A slight chance of thunderstorms and showers is predicted today and into late evening. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 11:00 p.m. Monday will bring slightly cooler temperatures, but the fire area will remain hot and dry for the foreseeable future.
Operations today will consist of patrolling, mop-up, and strengthening existing containment lines. Aerial delivered firefighters are beginning to come off the western side of the fire as progress continues, it will be patrolled by air. The southern end of the fire continues to hold and will be supported with heavy equipment. Crews, engines, and heavy equipment will continue to mop-up, patrols, and securing the eastern and northern areas along Horseshoe Creek and John Day River. Due to more accurate mapping, the fire is now estimated at 1,550 acres.
Oregon Route 19 from the junction with OR Route 207 east to approximately mile marker 90 remains accessible by pilot car during daylight hours. Today will be the final day for pilot car use. Wait times will depend on current ground and aerial resource activity in the area. There is potential for the road to be closed at any time if fire activity deems necessary.
Muleshoe Campground will reopen to the public Monday, July 10th.
|Estimated Size:||Estimated 1,550 acres|
|Location:||OR Route 19/mile post 81 Wheeler County|
Central Oregon Fire Information: (541) 316-7711
Twitter: @CentralORFire #AlderCreekFire