Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845
The Cow Fire Area Closure Order has been changed. Refer to the closure map posted on the maps tab for the updated closure area.
The 204 Cow Fire, on the Prairie City Ranger District, started August 9 as a result of multiple lightning storms that moved across the forest. The fire is burning in the remote high elevation area within the Glacier (1989) and Sheep Mountain (1990) fire scars.
The primary objectives are to prevent fire from impacting high values such as private land, historic guard station, Cow Camp, active grazing allotments, and timber sales. Control features were established where firefighter exposure to hazards is minimized and there is a high probability of success in meeting these objectives and containing the fire.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday August 09th, 2019 approx. 07:30 PM|
|Location||17 miles southwest of Unity, Oregon|
|Incident Commander||Brian Bishop|
|Coordinates||44.284 latitude, -118.466 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday October 15th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
Brush (2 feet)
Closed Timber litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Lower elevations are mostly Lodgepole Pine with dead and down accumulations. Mid-slope fuels are mixed sized mixed conifer with abundant snags and heavy loading of downed wood. Much of the fire area is closed canopy with low crown base height. High elevations and harsh sites include old fire scars and sparse fuels.
Minimal smoldering, smokes still visible interior, jackpots, & stumps still consuming slowly.
Continue suppression repair operations and evaluate progress.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Fire is 100% contained last report