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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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Fire Information
Phone: 541-820-3389
Hours: 8a-5p daily

Highlighted Activity

09/15/2019 204 Cow Fire Final Update - September 15, 2019
This will be the final daily update for the 204 Cow fire. Crews and equipment will be released from the fire at the end of shift today. Prairie City Ranger District personnel will continue to monitor.
News - 09/15/2019

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 Personnel75
Size9,668 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained73%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday October 15th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved


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

12 Hours: Securing perimeter lines, continue with suppression repair on internal and external lines. Minimal smoldering, no threat of fire spread.

24 Hours: Continue with suppression repair, no anticipated fire spread.

48 Hours: Continue with suppression repair, no anticipated fire spread.

72 Hours: Continue with suppression repair, no anticipated fire spread. Evaluate continued need for repair activity.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Evaluate need for suppression repair on primary lines.

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