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204 Cow Fire

Unit Information

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

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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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday August 09th, 2019 approx. 07:30 PM
Location17 miles southwest of Unity, Oregon
Incident CommanderBrian Bishop
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.284 latitude, -118.466 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size9,668 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 15th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering, smokes still visible interior, jackpots, & stumps still consuming slowly.


Planned Actions

Continue suppression repair operations and evaluate progress.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire is 100% contained last report

Current Weather

Weather Concerns