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Matlock Fire

Unit Information

Umatilla National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
72510 Coyote Road
Pendleton, OR 97801

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Incident Contact

Travis Mason-Bushman
Phone: (541) 519-8051

Members of the Redmond Interagency Hotshot Crew dig handline around a spot fire, which firefighters stopped 100 yards from private land.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The 85-acre Matlock Fire is burning northwest of Ukiah, Oregon on the Umatilla National Forest, and is now 70 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire was first reported at 3:39 p.m. on July 28, 2020. The Northeast Oregon Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Gabe Hale, is managing suppression efforts. Quick reporting from an Oregon Department of Forestry camera, along with rapid and effective initial attack by the Umatilla National Forest, helped minimize the spread of the fire. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 28th, 2020 approx. 03:39 PM
Location13.5 miles northwest of Ukiah, Oregon
Incident CommanderGabe Hale, Northeast Oregon Interagency Type 3 Incident Management Team
Coordinates45.205 latitude, -119.194 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel105
Size85 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Estimated Containment DateMonday August 03rd, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal; smoldering inside fire perimeter.


Planned Actions

Strengthen existing containment lines, and increase mop-up operations.

Projected Incident Activity

Potential continued spread of fire outside containment lines based on forecasted weather, heavy fuel loading, and high resistance to containment lines.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot, dry, and breezy forecasted weather.