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Substation Fire

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Prineville District
Bureau of Land Management
Prineville, OR 97754

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The Substation Fire started on private land southeast of The Dalles, Oregon, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and grew quickly. Driven by strong winds, the fire moved more than 18 miles in the first burning period and crossed multiple agency jurisdictions.

By July 21, winds had tapered, allowing crews to make significant progress on containment. By the evening of July 22, the Substation Fire had covered 78,425 acres, with containment reaching 92%. Command of the incident was transferred from the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2 to a local Type 3 management team on the morning of July 23. Fire behavior was minimal, with some smoldering in hotspots along the Deschutes River corridor and in Eight-Mile Canyon.

Crews will continue their work to reinforce and overhaul containment lines as they ensure areas are cool to the touch for a distance of 150 feet from the fire edge or any structures. Within the perimeter of the fire, and especially in the burned area in the Deschutes River Canyon, smoke in the interior of the burn may be present and visible for multiple days.

Access to the Deschutes River is open. However, boaters should use caution and may have to pull off in areas that have recently burned if they plan to camp between Macks Canyon and Heritage Landing. Black areas may still have hot spots, dangerous stump holes or rolling material. Use caution when setting up camp. Avoid standing trees and snags in recently burned areas that may be weakened by the fire and are at risk of falling.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Sherman County Sheriff's Office have reduced the evacuation levels for all areas to Level 1. More information about the Ready, Set, Go! preparation program can be found at

It is extremely dry across the region – just one spark can start a major fire. Avoid parking in dry grass, discard cigarette butts in closed containers and be aware of local restrictions on campfires or fire use. Sparks from vehicles and other mechanical and motorized equipment (dragging chains and tie-downs, failed bearings, flat tires, catalytic converter failure, worn brake pads, hot exhaust systems) are a leading cause of human-caused wildfires.

Percent contained: 92% | Total personnel: 65 firefighters | Fire size: 78,425 acres

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 17th, 2018 approx. 03:30 PM
Location5 miles south of The Dalles, to 2 miles west of Moro, to limits of Grass Valley
Incident CommanderSchulte/Yocum OR-PNW
Coordinates45.576 latitude, -121.103 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel65
Size78,425 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 03rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, agricultural (wheat)


Planned Actions

Turned back to local unit.

Projected Incident Activity

Patrol and turn back to local unit.