Dave Toney’s High Desert Type 3 Team took over management of the Crowley Creek Fires at 0600 on Wednesday June 12th.
Resources on the fire include: 12 Engines, 3 bulldozers, 3 water-tenders, 3 twenty person hand crews and 5 helicopters. Large air tankers continue to support fire personnel with retardant drops. Single engine air tankers will arrive Wednesday afternoon and will work out of the Ontario Airport in support of fire operations. Additional resources have been requested and are expected to arrive later Wednesday.
Harney Electric Cooperative was notified late Tuesday evening that electric transmission lines along the Crowley Road could be damaged by the fire; power poles are intact at this time. Three Ranches in the area are threatened along with numerous outbuildings but none have sustained damage. No firefighting personnel have been injured to date.
The South Fork Fires (five small fires) continued to hold at 250 acres. The fires are located on State Lands in Harney County near the South Fork of the Malheur River. BLM provides fire protection to State Lands in this area. Engine crews and hand crews continue to make good progress on these fires.
The weather forecast is for much of the same for Wednesday with winds at 8-13 miles per hour with gusts to 18 miles per hour increasing to 24 miles per hour in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be cooler with the maximum between 69-80 degrees and humidity at mid –day at 11- 21 percent. Wednesday evening there is a 20 per cent chance of thunderstorms.
For further information, or to report wildfires, please contact the Vale BLM Dispatch Center at 541-473-6295 or 1-800-982-0287.
Additional information about the BLM Vale District can be found by visiting the district website at www.blm.gov/or/districts/vale.