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Big Meadow Fire

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

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Incident Contact

Cheyne Rossbach
Phone: 541-701-9097

Big Meadow Fire Update for September 16, 2021

Big Meadow Fire Wildfire
News – 9/16/2021

Burns, OR The Big Meadow Fire did not grow measurably

during the past 24 hours. Firefighters made good progress on the fire yesterday, taking advantage of cooler weather and higher humidity to complete a combination of dozer and hand line on the eastern and southern flanks. 

Firefighters used helicopter water drops along the southern flank to suppress some hot spots. One spot fire was detected outside the perimeter which was successfully controlled. On the northern flank near Upper Valley, crews patrolled and 

mopped up 100 feet inside the perimeter. On the east near Egypt Canyon, crews have established hose lays into the fire, into rugged terrain inaccessible to engines. 

On the south near Dry Mountain, firefighters will work to fell hazardous trees killed or weakened by fire that pose a risk to firefighters and could threaten the fireline. Crews will work to install hoses on the southern flank.

Today the weather will be slightly cooler, slightly drier and the wind will be calm. A light helicopter will be used on the fire for aerial reconnaissance. On the southern flank, crews will work on a burning operation to improve containment lines with a heavy helicopter assisting with water drops. Work will continue with fireline construction, improvement and mopping up around the fire perimeter. 

Weather: A cooler day is forecasted with temperatures from the mid to upper 60’s and low relative humidity. There is moisture predicted to enter the area starting Friday going into Saturday.

Hunting Season: It’s September and that means it’s also hunting season. We are asking the public to be aware of the elevated hunting and fire traffic in the area as well as the closures that may affect hunters.

Closures: There are closures in place around the fire area. These closures are on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management land and Forest Service. Please adhere to these closures for firefighter and public safety.

For more information about closures, please visit:

Prevention Message: Safety is our number one priority. Please continue to do all you can to prevent wildfires.

The Malheur National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management are in an IFPL level 3.

The Incident Command Post is located at the Harney County Fairgrounds in Hines, Oregon.

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