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Boxcar Fire

Unit Information

Prineville District
Bureau of Land Management
Prineville, OR 97754

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Updated picture of fire looking east. In foreground vegetation is grass, and sagebrush with scattered juniper. On the left is Hwy 197.  In the background ridges are black from burn, with some retardent lines. Very little to no smoke is observable.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Boxcar Fire was reported on June 21, 07:48 a.m. after a storm brought patchy rain and lightning through Central Oregon. The Boxcar Fire includes the South Junction Fire, as the fires merged together on June 23.

The Boxcar Fire is characterized by heavy sage brush and grass, with scattered juniper. Grass in the area is unseasonably dry, facilitating rapid fire spread. The fire has been predominantly wind-driven. Gusts documented at 34 mph have moved through the area.

The NWIMT13 demobilized on Thursday, June 28, 2018 returning the 100,000-acre Boxcar Fire and 15,000-acre Jack Knife Fire to the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District for continued mop-up and monitoring. The Boxcar Fire efforts will involve about 80 firefighters, led by Incident Commander Shannon Prather.

Please Note: Unless the situation changes, this will be the final update that will be posted to Inciweb on the Boxcar and Jack Knife Fires. Contact Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-316-7711 for further information about these and other wildfire incidents in the area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 21st, 2018 approx. 07:45 AM
Location1 mile SE of Maupin, OR
Incident CommanderIC Brian Gales, NW IMT #13
Incident Description-
Coordinates45.16 latitude, -121.071 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel320
Size100,207 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Predominantly heavy sage and grass. Some juniper.

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, smoldering.

Occasional interior islands will generate smoke.


Planned Actions

Structural and infrastructure protection, continue to establish and re-enforce control lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Crews will continue to re-enforce lines through burnout operations, and improve lines as needed.


Transition to a Type 3 organization will occur on June 28.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Temperature will be in the low 80s with light winds through the day and into tonight.