Pendleton, Oregon: The Turner Basin Fire, reported late Sunday afternoon, has burned 70 acres south of Gold Dredge Campground on the North Fork John Day Ranger District. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Road and area closures along the North Fork John Day River corridor and Forest Road 5505 are expected. Firefighter and public safety remains the number one priority. The fire is burning in timber and brush with long range spotting and single tree torching.
"Ground and aerial firefighters and heavy equipment operators made a heroic effort during initial attack today, holding this fire to less than 100 acres given the tinder dry conditions currently present," said Ian Reid, North Fork John Day District Ranger.
A Type 3 Team from New Mexico, led by Incident Commander Ryan Romero, will take over management of the fire Monday. Management objectives include holding the fire to the south side of the North Fork John Day River and minimize impacts to Wild and Scenic River values, threatened fish species, and grazing permittees.
Fire officials want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at EXTREME and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect on the Umatilla National Forest. Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon. . Similar restrictions are in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR).
For more information about the Umatilla National Forest’s Public Use Restrictions, please contact any forest office, call our Forest Information hotline at 1-877-958-9663, or visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla/.