Haystack Complex

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Haystack Complex

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Approximate Location

44.778 latitude, -119.413 longitude

Incident Overview

Lightning moved through central Oregon late Tuesday, July 29, and early Wednesday July 30, 2014, starting several fires on ODF-protected lands (John Day Unit, Central Oregon District) near the communities of Dayville, Spray, and Monument. The largest of these fires are the Steet Fire (approximately six miles northeast of Monument), the Haystack Fire (approximately four miles northeast of Spray), and the Throop Fire (approximately three miles north of Dayville).

A local Incident Management Team (the John Day Type 3 Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Chris Cook) was assigned on Wednesday morning, July 30, to assume management of the fires, and made good progress on several of them, but the fire situation and conditions within the central Oregon area continued to remain extreme - continued high temperatures, a high number of lightning-caused fires on all land ownerships in the area, and lightning forecasted for several upcoming days. Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 (Incident Commander John Buckman) was mobilized to assume command of these and other near-by smaller fires in what was named the Haystack Complex, with a briefing from the local team at 8 p.m. PDT, July 30, 2014, and assumed command at 6 a.m. PDT on July 31. The Incident Command Post is located at Spray School. ODF IMT 1 also subsequently assumed command of four additional fires in the area, the Hogback, School House, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires, as well as providing initial attack assistance on the district as thunderstorms and lightning continued throughout the central Oregon area during the team's deployment.

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, all fires were 100 percent contained, and ODF IMT 1 returned management of the complex back to the local unit of the Central Oregon District.

This Inciweb Site includes the FINAL information from ODF IMT 1 on this complex (news releases, maps, the Basic Information listed below, etc.) and is no longer being updated nor will there be any further information posted.

For information, contact the local John Day Unit of the Central Oregon District at 541-575-1139.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 29th, 2014 approx. 04:45 PM
LocationEast of Spray, Oregon. Complex is located in Grant and Wheeler Counties.
Incident CommanderJohn Buckman

Current Situation

Total Personnel325
Size1,740 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 04th, 2014 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory).

Haystack (juniper with brush and grass); Steet (juniper with brush and grass); Throop (grass); Schoolhouse (juniper with brush and grass); Beard Canyon (Timber and grass);

Stahl (Timber and grass).

Significant Events

Haystack, Steet, Throop, Schoolhouse, Hog Ridge, Beard Canyon and Stahl are 100% contained. Continuing to complete rehab objectives. Available to support local District with initial attack.


Planned Actions

Transition to Type IV organization.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Transition to Type IV organization.

24 hours: null

48 hours: null

72 hours: null

Anticipated after 72 hours: null


Haystack, 1120 acres. Steet, 50 acres. Throop, 490 acres. Schoolhouse, 73 acres. Hog Ridge, 55 acres, cost estimate = $249,696. Beard Canyon, 12 acres, cost estimate = $108,326. Stahl, 14 acres, cost estimate = 53,146. Projected Final Incident Cost Estimate includes Hog Ridge, Beard Canyon, and Stahl fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High temperatures, low humidity, and wind.

Unit Information

Central Oregon District - Oregon Department of Forestry
3501 East Third Street
P.O. Box 670
Prineville, OR 97754

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