Cougar Gulch Fire is 120 acres, mostly contained

By on Friday, September 16th, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

JOHN DAY, PRAIRIE CITY & HINES, OR – (Press Release from the Malheur National Forest)

Recent lightning events ignited several new fires on the Malheur National Forest. Most of the fires are single trees, of minimal concern and are controlled or reaching containment. Here is the latest update on the new fires that are currently of interest. 

The Cougar Gulch fire, located near the South Fork of the John Day River, burning on the Malheur National Forest and lands managed by Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS), is 120 acres. Local resources as well as COFMS personnel are on scene. Full containment is expected by the end of shift today. 

The 13-acre Wickiup fire, located 9.3 miles northeast of Seneca, is 100 percent contained and resources are continuing with mop-up efforts.    

Aerial resources will continue to do reconnaissance flights to scout for any hold-over fires.   

The public is asked to please refrain from calling dispatch unless it is to report a new incident, as they are busy coordinating fire resources. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

Smoke from other large fires in the region may be impacting local air quality and visibility. The public is encouraged to visit to view the map of fire and smoke locations and to monitor air quality ratings.