Crews contain wildfire near Condon Monday


BURNT LAND remains in the wake of a wildfire in Gilliam County, near Condon. The fire, which was burning nearly 34,000 acres this weekend, was 100 percent contained on Monday.

Photo courtesy of Central Oregon Fire Information
BURNT LAND remains in the wake of a wildfire in Gilliam County, near Condon. The fire, which was burning nearly 34,000 acres this weekend, was 100 percent contained on Monday.



A fire near Condon burning 33,587 acres was fully contained Monday, officials reported.

The fire, which broke out last Thursday about nine miles northwest of the town in Gilliam County, was burning in light grassy fuels in nearby canyons, and threatening wheat fields on the flat ground above the canyon rims.

The blaze was burning Bureau of Land Management and Gilliam County protected lands.

Firefighters spent Sunday improving the fire line on the “Scott Canyon Fire” and mopping up hotspots, according to an update by the interagency command onsite, Central Oregon Fire Information. Crews successfully held the line through the afternoon winds on Sunday.

Firefighters will continue mopping up for the next several days. The area also contains many steep, narrow canyons with unburned fuel. People in the area should expect to see smoke from the interior.

Officials believe the fire was human-caused. The specific cause has not been identified and is being investigated.

The fire departments reminded visitors that fire restrictions are in place along the John Day River. Campfires and charcoal fires are banned, and visitors should only use gas or propane stoves. In addition, people traveling through on Highway 206 or 19 should watch for increased traffic due to fire vehicles in the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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