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Parish Cabin Fire Update-September 1

Incident: Parish Cabin Wildfire
Released: 9/1/2012

Incident Commander Brian Watts

Parish Cabin


September 01, 2012

8:00 a.m.

Fire Information


(541) 575-0898

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Current Status

The Parish Cabin Fire, located 15 miles northeast of Seneca, OR, near the intersection of Forest Roads 15 and 16, is burning on Malheur National Forest lands. Burnout operations completed on Friday allowed crews in the Dark Canyon area to tie containment lines together and strengthen firebreaks.

Firefighters continue, to construct new containment lines and hold existing ones, and respond to spot fires outside firelines.

Smoke will continue to intermittently settle into drainages and valleys, causing limited visibility. Drivers using Highway 395, between John Day and Seneca, will encounter increased fire vehicle traffic, please drive with caution and use headlights in area.

For firefighter and public safety, an area closure remains in effect which includes several Forest Service Roads, road guards are posted. Closure maps with descriptions are available at Malheur National Forest Offices and also at For safety reasons, hunters are advised to remain clear of the area, and not plan hunts near the fire activity.

Full suppression efforts are being implemented on this incident using direct and indirect methods while maintaining firefighter and public safety as the top priority.

Estimated Acreage

5,793 Acres


10 %


Unknown Cause - Under Investigation


Type 1 Crews - 3 Dozers - 6

Type 2 Crews -18 Engines - 29 Total - 815

Helicopters - 5 Water Tenders - 8

Overhead - 194 Camp Crews - 2


Continue to hold existing lines and maintain anchor point on the south flank, patrol and respond to any spot fires, continue with mop up activities.

Fire Weather

Temperatures will be in the 70's on Saturday, with winds from the west at 4-7mph, relative humidity between 9-14%.


Oregon Department of Forestry, Burns Paiute Tribe, Grant County

Unit Information

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Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
P.O. Box 909
John Day, OR 97845

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