PRINEVILLE, Ore. -

The 2-week-old, over 10,000-acre Ochoco Complex of fires on the Ochoco National Forest was nearly 90 percent contained by Monday, with almost 500 firefighters still on the lines.

Here's Monday's update:

July 28, 2014

Fire Information:  541-416-0286; 541-447-6859

OchocoComplex@gmail.com

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3972/

Start Date

Cause

Size

Percent Containment

Helicopters

Engines

Crews

Dozers

Total Personnel

July 13, 2014

Lightning

10,004

79

4

10

13

2

478

Summary: Lightning swept across the area July 13 starting many fires across the Forest and neighboring BLM land.  Four of these fires are now being managed as the Ochoco Complex. Great Basin Management Team 6, under the direction of Incident Commander Tracy Dunford assumed command of the fire at 6 pm, July 19, 2014. 

  •         Antelope Springs, Broadway, and Lava Fires are 100 percent contained.
  •         Fox Fire: Located approximately 3 miles northwest of the North Fork Wilderness Study Area, near Forest Road 4230 and 17 miles east of Post, Oregon -  9,848 acres, 76% contained;

Current Situation: Yesterday, suppression rehabilitation was the order of the day on the Antelope Springs, Broadway, and Lava fires, and will continue today. Crews completed a confinement line Sunday on the north flank, and will deepen mop up today to a distance of 100 feet inside the line. Mop up, patrol, and suppression rehabilitation will continue on the rest of the fire area. Fire activity has decreased due to cloudy sky and calm wind over the weekend, and release of excess resources continues. Aircraft is available today as needed. When working in areas such as the wilderness study areas, fragile soils, or areas containing rare or sensitive species of plants or wildlife habitat, firefighters employ MIST (minimum impact suppression tactics) to reduce adverse impacts to the land and resources while suppressing wildfires. The concept of MIST is to use the minimum amount of force necessary to effectively achieve the fire management objectives consistent with land and resource management objectives.

Often, as suppression activities wind down, area residents ask how they can contribute to the firefighting effort.  Your local fire departments would probably appreciate donations and put them to good use. Other agencies which would welcome and benefit from your donations include:

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