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Big Meadow Fire

Unit Information

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

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Late season wildfire reaches 2,600 acres

On Thursday, September 9, Harney County received abundant late afternoon and evening lightning strikes. Quick response from the Silver Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Association, Burns Interagency Fire Zone and private contractors kept the Silver Creek fire at 86 acres before being fully contained on September 11. The Big Meadow fire, burning in heavy timber continued to grow.

Ground crews will continue securing control lines and mop-up from the perimeter as containment improves. Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 7 assumed command of the Big Meadow fire on September 13. Their Incident Command Post and the firefighter base camp are set up in Hines, Oregon.

A closure of both Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service-administered public lands in the Big Meadow fire area is in place. Roads and trails within the closure are off limits to all access – hiking, biking, horseback, ATV, vehicle, etc. – until further notice. Boundary roads along the closure remain open. Maps of the closure area are available at the BLM office at 28910 Highway 20 West in Hines, the Riley Store, and Harney County Sporting Goods, and posted at entry roads in the fire vicinity.

Remember! Wildfire danger still exists! Public use restrictions are still in place – no campfires, personal chainsaw use, explosives, or parking or driving off road.

For more information on the Big Meadow fire or the public land closure in the area, follow Burns Interagency Fire Zone on social media or call (541) 573-4400.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday September 09th, 2021 approx. 05:30 PM
Location10 miles past Riley, right turn Silver Creek Road
Incident CommanderJason Loomis
Coordinates43.608 latitude, -119.606 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel138
Size2,643 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved



Significant Events

Creeping and smoldering fire behavior within established containment lines as unburned fuels continue to consume.


Planned Actions

Implement a full suppression strategy on the Big Meadow incident. Minimize additional fire growth and effects including use of firing techniques on all private lands. Mop up to necessary standards that contribute to high probability of success, minimized exposure to firefighter and least impact to natural resources. Ensure turnback standards are met and fire is returned to local unit with minimal operational

needs remaining.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Minimal fire behavior limited to overnight smoldering.

24 hours:

High pressure begins to rebuild Monday. Minimal fire behavior and smoke production.

48 hours:

Minimal fire behavior and smoke production.

72 hours:

Minimal fire behavior and smoke production.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A drying and warming trend will develop Monday and persist into

the midweek as high pressure builds over the region. On Wednesday a trough of low pressure with limited moisture will cross the area. High pressure then should build over the area for dry and warm

conditions through next weekend.