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Ben Young Fire

Unit Information

Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

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Incident Contact

Fire Info Jeanne Klein
Phone: 541-407-1763

Highlighted Activity

07/28/2020 Ben Young Fire Update 7/28
Today is the final daily update. Future updates will only be released if the situation changes significantly. Northwest Incident Management Team (IMT) 7 transitioned command of the Ben Young Fire to.
News - 07/28/2020
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The Ben Young Fire is currently 1,249 acres and located 13 miles south of Paisley, OR.  The fire is burning on steep slopes with grass and brush on lower slopes and timbered ridges.  NW 7 Incident Command Team 7 (Incident Commander Eric Knerr) took over management of the Ben Young Fire on July 23 at 6 a.m. 

The fire is threatening the communication site on Round Mountain, the Morgan Butte Fire Lookout, and one residence.  More residences could become threatened as the fire moves to the east.  Resources from multiple agencies are working on the fire, including Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The cause is under investigation. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 21st, 2020 approx. 01:00 PM
LocationApproximately 13 miles south of Paisley, OR
Incident CommanderEric Knerr
Coordinates42.503 latitude, -120.553 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel272
Size1,249 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 04th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass-shrub fuels with juniper are common on west aspect, transitioning to long needled pine litter near

the ridgetop. East aspect fuels near the ridgetop are a combination of long needled litter and with areas

of true fir understory.

Significant Events

Fire behavior limited to creeping and smoldering, interior consumption with no perimeter growth.


Planned Actions

Continue protection of critical infrastructure (repeater sites, lookouts, FAA communication equipment)

Strengthen containment lines, Mop up in all divisions. Begin fire suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal surface spread anticipated. Smoldering heavy fuels within the interior continue to consume. Minimal smoke production expected.


Last 209 submission, unless fire activity increases or a significant change occurs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expect thunderstorm activity to continue into the evening, with potential for additional storms tomorrow. Predicted warm, dry, and breezy on Wednesday.