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Graham Fire

Unit Information

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

This incident is no longer being updated.

The lightning-caused Graham Fire was reported early in the afternoon on Thursday, June 21, 2018, burning four miles south of the Metolius River arm of Lake Billy Chinook, near Culver, Oregon. The fire burned primarily on private land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue. Numerous homes were threatened in the Three Rivers Subdivision and evacuations were issued. The Oregon State Fire Marshal Green Team was deployed on Thursday to provide structure protection, and Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 2 (Incident Commander Chris Cline) assumed joint command, along with the OSFM Green Team, of the fire on Friday, June 22.

On Sunday, June 24, evacuations on the fire were lifted and the State Fire Marshal's structural resources were demobilized that same day at noon. Transfer of command from ODF IMT 2 to the local district was completed at 0600 PDT on Wednesday, June 27, and the fire will continued to be managed by the district as a Type 4 Incident..

Please note: This is the final updated information that will be posted by ODF IMT 2 to Inciweb on the Graham Fire. The public information contact and phone number has also changed; for further information, contact Jamie Knight, ODF, at 541-963-3168.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 21st, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
Location15 miles north of Sisters; 4 miles south of the Metolius River arm of Lake Billy Chinook, near Culver, Oregon
Incident CommanderOregon Department of Forestry
Coordinates44.539 latitude, -121.426 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel311
Size2,175 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), brush (two feet), short grass (one foot).

Predominantly juniper, heavy brush, and grass.

Significant Events




Planned Actions

Local ODF district resources will continue to manage fire as a Type 4 Incident.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Smoldering interior


Transfer of command from ODF Team 2 back to the local ODF district was completed on June 27, 2018 at 0600 PDT. The majority of resources and personnel will also demobilize June 27.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Although temperatures and relative humidities appear favorable in the short term forecast, gusty afternoon winds are predicted through Friday.