Lightning starts several fires in eastern Oregon

VALE, Oregon - Lightning started six fires Friday night and five fires Saturday in eastern Oregon, the Vale District Bureau of Land Management said Saturday.

All five of the fires confirmed to have started after Saturday's lightning event are located in the Owyhee Reservoir area.

They are:

  • Deer, 100 acres
  • Hammond Hill, 50 acres
  • Saddle Butte, 5 acres
  • Homestead, 0.1 acre
  • Rock Point, 0.1 acre

Resources from other fires in the area are being used to keep the newer fires small.

Three fires that started Friday were still running or creeping Saturday evening:

  • The Dry Creek fire west of Owyhee Reservoir, 20 miles south of Owyhee Dam, estimated at 2,000 acres. It is threatening the LDS church camp along the reservoir.
  • The Haystack Rock fire west of the Owyhee Dam, one mile north of Oxbow, estimated at 540 acres. It was threatening private structures at Fisherman’s Cove. The BLM said it was near containment Sautrday night.
  • The Oxbow fire, also west of the Owyhee Dam, and estimated at 1,500. It is also threatening private structures at Fisherman’s Cove.

Three other fires from Friday are now controlled:

  • The Monument Peak fire southeast of Juntura, estimated at 150 acres
  • The Antelope fire four miles south of Antelope Reservoir, estimated at 37 acres
  • The Bogus fire northwest of Arock, estimated at 20 acres

The Vale District BLM says rural fire protection associations have been instrumental in suppressing and containing the fires.

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