ODF helping fight Ben Young Fire in Lake County 7/22/2020

PAISLEY, Ore. – The Ben Young Fire, estimated at between 1,200 and 1,500 acres this morning with no containment, is currently burning on the Fremont-Winema National Forest about 10 miles south of Paisley.

Resources from multiple agencies are working on the fire, including ODF, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This includes multiple engines, a dozer, helicopters, air attack, a lead plane, three heavy air tankers and three single engine air tankers. More firefighting resources are ordered.

While the fire is burning on the U.S. Forest Service’s Paisley Ranger District, there is a possibility it will burn onto BLM and additional private lands. Both ODF and BLM are engaged and monitoring the fire’s movement.

The fire was discovered Tuesday, July 21 just after mid-day. Fire managers reported yesterday that the fire was burning on steep slopes with grass and brush on lower slopes and timbered ridges.

One private cabin in the area is threatened. Fire behavior is moderate with some torching. The cause is under investigation.

Currently there is a local Type 3 Incident Management Team assigned to the Ben Young Fire. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is scheduled to transition onto the fire today beginning at 5 p.m.

There is a red-flag warning in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today for abundant lightning on dry fuels in the area, including over the Ben Young Fire. Fire officials will be closely monitoring those conditions and their potential effect on the fire.

Photos in this post are  are from Morgan Butte Lookout and Round Mountain Repeater Site. They are courtesy of courtesy of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership.

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