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Black Butte Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Black Butte Fire Information
Phone: 541-575-3000
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

Highlighted Activity

09/23/2021 Black Butte Fire Area Roads Reopen
 John Day, Hines and Prairie City, OR. — (September 23, 2021) Malheur National Forest Fire staff opened all boundary area roads on the Black Butte Fire Closure Area. This will allow access to the.
Closure - 09/23/2021

The Black Butte Fire is located 24.9 miles south of Unity, OR.  The fire started on 08/03/2021 following a lightning storm.      

For the most current mapping of the fire please see the maps tab.                                                  


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 03rd, 2021 approx. 10:00 AM
Location24.9 miles South of Unity, Oregon
Incident CommanderKing IC Team Type 4
Incident DescriptionWildfire in the North Fork of Little Malheur River Drainage
Coordinates44.093 latitude, -118.326 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel33
Size22,445 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 05th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Light Logging Slash

Primary carrier of the fire is larger diameter stump holes smoldering. Concentrations of heavy dead and down are scattered

across the fire area and are

currently burning themselves


Unburned islands, in pockets of continuous ladder fuels, continue to back, creep and smolder.

Significant Events

Minimal Smoldering


Planned Actions

Northeast and East flank will continue with mop-up, back haul of supplies, patrol, suppression repair.

B,G,U divisions have been combined. SE flank will use lookouts to check lines due to the rugged nature of the area. P, K divisions have been combined. SW flank continues to mop-up, patrol, and suppression

repair. West side of fire will continue to mop-up, patrol, and suppression repair. NW flank continues to mop-up, patrol, and suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Smoldering fire behavior is expected along the fire perimeter as mop up and securing the edge


24 hours: Mop up continues to increase containment.

48 hours: Repair and rehab containment lines.

72 hours: Repair and rehab containment lines.


This will be last report. Fire

will stay in 95% containment

until incident receives

significant moisture.

Total acres 22,445. USFS = 20,760 acres = 92%; BLM = 1,130 acres = 6%; ODF = 555 acres = 2%.

8/24/2021 @ 0720. Acres increase primarily due to interior islands consuming and perimeter line change to improve accuracy, no perimeter growth due to fire spread.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Expecting cooler temps, no weather concerns at this time.