JOHN DAY, OR- Tuesday afternoon brought new fires to the area and kept crews busy well into the evening, over a dozen fires were discovered and reported to officials.
Helicopters doing bucket work continue to assist eight Smoke Jumpers on the ground working the High Lake Fire (USFS), located in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, near Roads End Trailhead. At last report the fire is estimated to be 20 plus acres in size and is burning in rugged-rocky terrain. Fire officials have engines staged outside of the wilderness on Forest Road 1640. The fire is burning near the High Roberts Fire burn; it will be putting up visible smoke throughout the day.
For public and firefighter safety, the public is asked to remain out of the area and stay off hiking trails in the immediate area. Trails include High Lake Rim, Roads End, Buckhorn Meadows and Lake Creek Trails.
On the 14 acre Eddington Gulch Fire, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) crews, aviation assets and crews provided by Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 (ORIIMT 4) were able to get a line around the fire last evening. The fire is burning on ODF jurisdiction lands and is located 12 miles west of Mount Vernon, just north of Hwy 26. For safety, please use caution while driving in this area and do not stop along the highway to observe activities.
With the extreme wildfire danger and current weather pattern in the area, officials expect fire activity will keep crews busy throughout the week as sleeper fires come alive and more lightning is forecast for our area.
To report a wildfire, call the John Day Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-575-1321 or the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000.