Vinegar Fire southwest of Granite, Oregon prompts closures

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Vinegar Fire southwest of Granite, Oregon prompts closures

By Maria Decaney. CREATED Aug 19, 2013

Road, trail, and area closures have been implemented in the vicinity of the Vinegar Fire burning nine miles SW of Granite, Oregon in the North Fork John Day Wilderness area’s Greenhorn Unit.

The fire, a result of recent lightning activity, is now estimated at 858 acres.

Active fire behavior, fire suppression activities and increased fire traffic on forest roads have prompted forest officials to implement the large closure area for public and firefighter safety.

“We’re aware that archery season will start next weekend,” said Bob Varner, North Fork John Day District Ranger. “These closures will likely force hunters to develop a Plan B for this area.”

Hunters should contact the Fire Information Office at 541-755-9003 or the local Ranger District office for current information regarding the status of the fire and the closures.

The area closure involves lands, roads, and trails on the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman and Malheur
National Forests.

The closure area is bordered by forest road 10 to the north; Lost Lake and Blue Mountain Trails to the west; forest roads 2010 and 1035 to the south; and forest roads 13 and 1305 to the east. 

A detailed area closure description and map are available online or at local Forest Service offices.