Vale BLM crews continue work on fires, reaching full containment on 1 of 3 blazes

This photo shows burnout operations on Indian Creek Fire on Tuesday. The blaze is northwest of Highway 20 outside Juntura. The fire is now being managed by Northwest 13 Incident Management Team, and information about its status was not available by press time.

Update:

The BLM provided the following update this morning:

Calmer weather forecast for today should help firefighters establish lines and work toward containment of the Baldy Mountain and Wildcat fires and continue to attack new starts.

Late afternoon winds Tuesday stoked the Baldy Mountain Fire, which grew 5,000 acres, while crews were able to hold the Wildcat Fire at 4,000 acres. Both fires are actively spreading in grass and brush.   

There are no road or area closures associated with either fire. Travelers are advised to watch for increased traffic along routes leading to these areas due to fire resources arriving or departing. 

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED 7:49 a.m. AUG. 19

MALHEUR COUNTY

Work continues by Bureau of Land Management fire personnel on containing and mopping up fires on the Vale District. Three fires were started by lightning on Monday afternoon and crews had one of those fires full contained as of Tuesday.

The first to reach containment was the Anderson Crossing Fire, according to the latest news release from the Vale BLM, which was 22 miles northeast of McDermitt, Nevada. The blaze chewed through 750 acres, and crews are now working in mop-up and patrol, the release states.

The largest of these is the Wildcat Fire, which is actively spreading and now estimated at 4,000 acres with 10% containment. This blaze is about 15 miles west/northwest of Burns Junction near WildCat Reservoir and, according to the release, Vale BLM resources are on sight with the Blue Mountain Rangeland Fire Protection Association.

The Vale BLM is also getting assistance on the Baldy Mountain Fire, which is about 8 miles northeast of Ironside and actively spreading.

“Oregon Department of Forestry and Ironside Rangeland Fire Protection Association are on scene, with air support,” reads the release.

The Baldy Mountain Fire was reportedly at 500 acres and at 20% containment as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Increased fire activity across the region is starting to affect the availability and prioritization of fire resources,” reads the release.

The Indian Creek Fire, which is northwest of Highway 20 outside Juntura, is now being managed by Northwest 13 Incident Management Team. An update was not available Tuesday evening or this morning, but the last known size of the fire was 9,000 acres as of Tuesday morning.

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