JOHN DAY, OR- With increased afternoon temperatures and gusty winds, a large smoke column is again visible to the southeast of John Day, as the High Lake Fire is showing increased activity. The 25 plus acre fire, burning in steep and rocky terrain, is located in the southeast portion of the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness near Roads End Trailhead.
For public and firefighter safety, please remain out of the area and do not use hiking trails in the nearby vicinity. Area trailheads include High Lake Rim, Roads End, Buckhorn Meadows and Lake Creek Trails.
With the extreme wildfire danger and current weather, crews will remain busy as more sleeper fires come alive and additional lightning is forecast for the 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.