Lightning starts several small fires in Grant and Harney Counties

JOHN DAY, BURNS – Lightning has been the cause of several small wildfire starts in the area here recently. is continually updating the status of fires.

Here’s a look at the latest that ere reported by John Day Interagency Dispatch Center:

-The Coal Pit Fire, 5.8 miles southeast of Mt. Vernon, was both reported and contained last night at .3 acres.

-The Tamarack Swamp Fire, 7.7 miles north of Mt. Vernon, has been contained at a tenth of an acre.

-The Flat Creek Wildfire, 12.4 miles southwest of Unity was contained last evening at a tenth of an acre.

Also, the Burns Interagency Dispatch Center reported the Buck Butte wildfire, burning in the Pine Creek area of Harney County. At last update, the fire was estimated at 98 acres, and resources are making good progress on suppression. The cause of the blaze is unknown, but lightning is suspected.