Sunflower Fire Closures Lifted
Use Caution when Entering the Recently Burned Wildfire Area
PENDLETON, OREGON: “All area, road and trail closures implemented for public
safety on the Sunflower Fire have been lifted effective immediately,” announced Ann Niesen, Heppner District Ranger. The Sunflower Fire resulted from a mid-July lightning storm and burned over 7,000 acres on the Heppner Ranger District, 10 miles north of
Lifting these closures will allow access within the footprint of the fire. “People should use caution when entering a recently burned wildfire area,” warned Niesen. “It’s important they understand the increased hazards created by the wildfire itself.”
Hazard trees or snags tend to pose the most imminent threat. Dead or dying trees that remain standing after a wildfire are unstable, especially in high winds. “People are more likely to be aware of obstacles on the ground but don’t often look up to assess danger,” said Niesen. Other
hazards to be aware of include:
- Burned-out stump holes can make the ground weak and subject to failure.
- Loose rocks and logs are unpredictable and present the hazard of rolling debris.
- Ash and fallen needles are slippery and can make for treacherous footing
- Flash floods and mud flows may occur, especially in areas without
People intending to hike into, or near, the fire area should remain alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. Know the forecasted weather before entering the area, assess the weather conditions while in the area, and stay clear of burned trees. Don’t camp or hang out in the wildfire area. And, as always, let someone know your planned route, destination and expected
The public can expect to encounter increased traffic as crews monitor the fire area and begin
For more information, please contact the Heppner Ranger District in Heppner, OR at (541) 676-
9187 or the Supervisor’s Office in Pendleton, OR at (541) 278-3716.
Sunflower Fire Information
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