Storms spark more blazes

Posted on July 25th in News

Sleeper fires pop up on July 17

Last week’s brief storm that passed through Harney County brought enough lightning to ignite at least six new wildfires in the area.  On Monday evening, July 16, three fires were reported in the Snow Mountain / Emigrant Creek area.  All were contained at less than one-tenth of an acre.  An additional fire was contained at half an acre approximately five miles east of the Great Basin Experiment Station at Brick Lake.

Tuesday, July 17, two sleeper fires crept up in the heat of the afternoon: a two-acre fire near Yellowjacket Reservoir, and the “Slope” fire — a 763-acre incident near Riddle Mountain. The Slope fire is approximately 15 miles east of Diamond and four miles west of 10 Cent Lake, which is along the East Steens Road.

With dozens of firefighting resources already in the area due to the Miller Homestead fire, the Slope fire received quick attention from two heavy air tankers, four single-engine air tankers, two Type 2 helicopters, two Type 1 helicopters, three Military Airborne Firefighting Systems, one hot shot crew, several engines and at least two bulldozers. As of yesterday, July 24, the Slope fire was listed at 95 percent contained.

The Miller Homestead fire, which started Sunday, July 8, is currently estimated at 95 percent contained.

Firefighters will continue holding existing control lines, complete mop-up and line construction operations and protect unburned pockets of fuel for grazing and wildlife habitat. Up-to-date information for the Miller Homestead fire is available online at:

Fire danger is extreme within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is a level two.  A regulated fire closure is in effect for all BLM-administered lands within the Burns Interagency Fire Zone.

Visitors should use caution when traveling through and recreating in the outdoors this time of year.

To report a wildfire, call 541-573-1000.

For more information on current wildfire activity, call 541-573-4519.

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