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Crockets Knob Fire

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

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Crockets Knob Fire Information
Phone: 541-625-0892

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09/14/2022 09/14/2022 Crockets Knob Fire Update
HIGH DESERT TYPE 3 TEAMIncident Commander: Ron SimpsonSeptember 14, 2022Thursday will be the High Desert Type 3 Team’s last day managing the Crockets Knob Fire. Management of remaining firefighting.
News - 09/14/2022
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Because of minimal fire activity, there will no longer be any additional updates to InciWeb, unless fire conditions change. The Crockets Knob Fire was transferred to a local Type 4 IC at 1800 on Thursday, September 15th. 

The Crockets Knob Fire was reported on the morning of August 22, 2022, after significant lightning occurred across the Malheur National Forest. The initial report was approximately 15 acres burning in brush, timber and slash within the 1996 Summit Fire scar. Numerous air and ground fire resources responded to suppress the fire. Gusty winds and steep, rugged terrain resulted in increased fire behavior and limited access for crews.

Overnight on August 23rd and into the early hours of August 24th, east winds pushed the fire over constructed containment lines, and the fire grew to 225 acres. The afternoon of August 25th brought considerable fire growth to the south/southeast, increasing its footprint from 225 acres to 1,000 acres. Over the next several days the fire grew to over 4,000 acres.

Since September 6, fire activity has decreased due to firefighters’ efforts securing containment lines. As of September 13, fire growth has stopped at 4,300 acres. Crews are focusing on monitoring and conducting suppression repairs.

There are no structures threatened and there are no current evacuations.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 22nd, 2022 approx. 03:00 AM
Location19 miles north of Prairie City, OR
Incident CommanderType 3 High Desert Team, Ron Simpson IC
Coordinates44.728 latitude, -118.708 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel140
Size4,287 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Estimated Containment DateFriday September 30th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, shrubs, and timber.

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering and creeping.


Planned Actions

Div A,E,G,S,Z: Continue patrol on Fire perimiter roads 45, 4550, 537. Back-haul excess equipment and complete final clean-up on the division. Continue suppression repair.

Div M: Monitor uncontained fire edge in head of Boulder Creek. Continue mop-up east and south of Indian Rock Lookout. Backhaul excess equipment. Continue any suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Limited areas of fire behavior along the northern flank and interior areas of dirty burn with smoldering creeping.

24 hours: Probability of active fire is limited due to effective suppression actions, higher humidities, and higher fuel moistures. Creeping and smoldering fire behavior with isolated backing in the interior islands of unburned surface fuels. A very low potential for fire spread. At 1800 hrs on 9-15 -2022 transition will take place with local Type 4 IC.


Fire activity was low today. Crews made good progress on containment. Crews continued to make good progress mopping up.

Operations, Division supervisors and Resource advisor assessing repair needs and formulations of the 24, 48, 72 hours suppression repair plan.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weak upper-level system will provide for a slight chance of showers and storms for the area during peak daytime heating Thursday and Friday, around 1pm to 5pm. As of now, expecting the bulk of the storm threat to fall east of the fire, but an isolated cell could form in the area. Otherwise, winds will be light with seasonable temperatures, with outlook over the weekend looking to be cooler and wetter.