Wilderness Fire near Granite, OR quickly grows to 150 acres
Photo: Image by USDA Forest Service
A fire burning in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area near Vinegar Hill has quickly grown to an estimated 150 acres.
The Vinegar Fire, nine miles southwest of Granite, Oregon was first reported at 11:00 a.m. this morning and is burning in steep, rugged terrain in a remote area on the south end of the Umatilla National Forest.
“Firefighter and public safety are our highest priorities,” said Bob Varner, North Fork John Day District Ranger. The fire is actively burning in sub-alpine fir stands, making short runs with some torching and spotting.
“This type of terrain provides limited escape routes and makes direct attack methods extremely hazardous for firefighters,” said Varner. Ground resources are monitoring the fire from a distance. Aerial resources include three single engine air tankers, two heavy tankers, two helicopters, and an air attack lead plane.
The Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4, led by incident commander Brian Watts, will take over management of the fire and return initial attack resources to the home unit to address new fires.