Lightning Caused Fire Reported on Emigrant Creek Ranger District

HINES, JOHN DAY, and PRAIRIE CITY – (Release from teh Malheur National Forest) The Buck Butte Fire was discovered as a lightning start on Thursday, July, 30. Malheur Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the Buck Butte Fire on Emigrant Creek Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest.

The Buck Butte Fire, estimated at 100 acres, is burning approximately 20 miles north of Burns in the Buck Butte area, in timber, grass and heavy downed fuels. 

Throughout the day on July 30, air support was utilized heavily, including; one Type 3 and one Type 2 helicopter, 5 Single Engine Air Tankers, a lead plane , Air Attack, and 2 Heavy Air Tankers. While ground crews, including 5 engines, 2 hand crews and the Crane Rangeland Fire Protection Association Water Tenders, worked on suppressing and securing containment lines until approximately midnight. This morning the eastern perimeter will be the priority, with more resources in route.    

The fire management team would like the public to be aware of the potential for smoke impacts to the Buck Butte area. 

To ensure public and firefighter safety, roads, trails, and other areas may need to close temporarily as firefighter operations are taking place. Smokey conditions may also reduce visibility to a level that would require additional temporary closures.

More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

To report wildfires please call 911, 541-573-1000 or 541-575-1321.

For Further information please contact the Burns Interagency Communication Center at 541-573-1000. 

Photos from Mike Spelman, Air Attack

***Vocab: An Air Attack plane flies above an incident and essentially orchestrates how the other aircraft involved are doing their jobs. Air Attack also advises the ground resources about how the fire looks from the air, any spot fires that may spark, the size and direction, and any other information helpful to the suppression efforts. ***

Photos and information shared through the curtesy of Burns Interagency Fire Zone.