Lakeview, Ore. – The Poker Fire was discovered around 11:00 AM on September 15, 2019 and has grown to approximately 15,000 acres. Fire suppression resources are on scene actively suppressing the fire and additional resources are on order. High winds made it difficult for fire resources to contain the fire Sunday but with the predicted rains coming firefighters are hopeful they can get some containment of the Poker Fire by Monday evening. As of Monday morning the fire has received light precipitation.
The Poker Fire started on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, on the northwest side of Hart Mountain also known as Poker Jim Ridge. The fire is burning in juniper, brush and grass. The cause has been determined to be a holdover from last week’s lightning event and there is no estimated containment at this time.
Resources from BLM, Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service and local RFPAs (Rangeland Fire Protection Associations) are currently working together to suppress the fire. The Burns Interagency Fire Zone is also assisting by providing fire resources to help with suppression efforts. Fire managers are also working with partners and nearby landowners on this fire.
Given the location of the fire, smoke will be visible in Plush, Adel, Lakeview, and the surrounding area.
Public and firefighter safety is the top priority for all SCOFMP personnel.
While firefighters are busy responding to lightning fires, it’s even more important to remember always make sure your campfire is dead out and never leave a campfire unattended.
Area residents and visitors can report suspected wildfires by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315.