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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 21st, 2020 approx. 01:00 PM|
|Location||Approximately 13 miles south of Paisley, OR|
|Incident Commander||Eric Knerr|
|Coordinates||42.503 latitude, -120.553 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday August 04th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
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.
Fire behavior limited to creeping and smoldering, interior consumption with no perimeter growth.
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.
Expect thunderstorm activity to continue into the evening, with potential for additional storms tomorrow. Predicted warm, dry, and breezy on Wednesday.