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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Durkee Area Fire Update in Eastern Oregon

Vale, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Vale District continues to fight fires across the District today. The Juntura Complex, burning near Juntura, Oregon, is being managed by Northwest Incident Management (NWIMT) Team 13.

Updates on the Juntura Complex can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4935/.

The collection of fires to the west of Durkee, Oregon was incorrectly referred to as “Durkee Complex” in previous releases. This has since been corrected and those fires are now being collectively referred to as the Durkee Area Fires.

These fires are:

·         Estrada
·         Pedro
·         China
·         Manning Creek
·         Welch Reservoir
·         Trail Creek

Most of these fires, including Estrada, Pedro and China, are all contained. The Trail Creek and Welch Reservoir fires are likely going to be contained by this evening. Manning Creek is expected to be contained by tomorrownight.

The Durkee Area Fires were sparked by lightning activity on Friday evening, with more fires being sparked by subsequent lightning activity over the weekend. The combined size of the Durkee Area Fires is estimated at 850 acres. More lightning is forecasted in the Durkee area this evening, and could potentially spark new fires, or complicate containment and control efforts. The Burnt River Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) have been essential in fire suppression with the Durkee Area Fires, according to on-ground fire suppression personnel.

“Our partners and RFPAs have always been essential in how we fight fire,” said Don Gonzalez, Manager of the BLM’s Vale District. “Their expertise and experience make fighting fire on this enormous landscape a great deal easier.”

More information on the Durkee Area Fires can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4937/.

If you suspect a wildfire or see smoke, report it to the Vale BLM Dispatch Center at 541-473-6295.