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Blue Ridge Fire

Unit Information

Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845

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Incident Contact

Malheur National Forest
Phone: 541-575-1321

The Blue Ridge Fire was discovered as a lightning start on Wednesday, July 3. Malheur National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the Blue Ridge Fire on the Blue Mountain Ranger District.

Crews and personnel from Malheur National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service, and Oregon Department of Forestry are using an indirect strategy that will allow the forest to achieve resource objectives, primarily the reduction of dead and down fuels.

This indirect strategy is similar to spring burning, however the source of ignition is a wildfire. These actions will build upon fall 2018 and spring 2019 burning when the Forest safely and successfully accomplished prescribed fire operations on approximately 13,450 acres. These burnout operations will reduce surface fuels (including needle litter and dead and down wood), increase the height of some canopy, reduce small tree densities, and helped promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire. Additionally, these operations improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginWednesday July 03rd, 2019 approx. 10:15 AM
Location4 miles NW of Flagtail Mt. Lookout
Incident CommanderRick Snodgrass, Malheur National Forest ICT4
Coordinates44.219 latitude, -119.365 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel40
Size667 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday July 12th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal creeping, backing and smoldering.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Transition to a Type 4 Incident at end of shift today. All off unit resources have been released. this will be the last 209 until fire is declared out.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Transition to T4 Incident-Continue mop up

24 hours: Continue mop up

48 hours: Continue mop up

72 hours: Continue mop up

Anticipated after 72 hours: