Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845
This will be the final daily update for the 204 Cow fire. Crews and equipment will be released from the fire at the end of shift today. Prairie City Ranger District personnel will continue to monitor the fire going forward.
The 13 and 16 Roads remain open to woodcutting on the perimeter of the 204 Cow Fire. Woodcutting is limited to the felled and stacked woodpiles on the roadsides. Felling trees is not permitted. Permits are required and may be purchased at any Malheur National Forest Ranger District office. While woodcutting is normally not permitted on Forest roads with two-digit identifiers, the Forest Service has temporarily waived this restriction on the 13 and 16 Roads. Material cleared along these roads to stop the fire has been piled next to the roads to facilitate public woodcutting. There is still firefighting traffic in the area, so the public is reminded to drive slowly and carefully.
On Sunday, crews continued with fireline cleanup and repair. Prairie City RD personnel will carry on with additional cleanup and repair. Crews are repairing firelines to prevent erosion by building water bars to divert runoff away from the fireline. Some additional chipping will be conducted today, while log hauling operations have been completed. Additional smoke may be seen from the fire after the warm, dry weather over the past few days. Additional moisture with a chance of rain is expected to move into the area on Sunday. This rain chance will continue through next week.
The Road Closure Order remains in effect in the vicinity of the 204 Cow Fire and surrounding roads. While the 16, 13 and 1665 roads remain open, there is still an Area Closure in effect that includes all roads west from the 13 road, roads to the north of the 1665 and roads to the west of the 16 road that will remain in place for an extended period. Elk Creek campground also remains closed. It is not safe to travel off-road in recently burned areas. Trees killed or weakened by the fire will continue to fall for months, even during calm weather
Remaining resources today include two handcrews, two engines, and one excavator.
Please see the Malheur National Forest Facebook page for future updates.