Paisley, OR – Firefighters continue to hold the Ben Young Fire in place bringing containment up to 65%. Resources from multiple agencies and contractors are working on the fire, including Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Yesterday’s Activity – Minimal fire activity occurred throughout the day and crews were able to make excellent progress reinforcing the entire fire line with occasional helicopter use.
Today’s Operations – Firefighters will continue with patrol and mopping up along the perimeter of the fire in all divisions. Crews are monitoring for remaining heat on steep slopes in smoldering heavy fuels within the interior on the NW corner. Crews are looking for opportunities for fire suppression repairs and bringing equipment off the fire line.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Hot, dry weather with calm winds are expected with high temperature in the low 90s and 11% Relative Humidity. Smoldering heavy fuels will continue to burn. There is potential for isolated thunderstorms today. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued to cover the period of highest thunderstorm risk for late Monday morning through Monday evening.
Closures: The emergency fire closure area was reduced on Friday. The northern boundary has dropped south to Forest Roads 033-122 and 3510-019. Both roads are now closed between Forest Roads 33 and 3510-018. Forest Roads 3510-018 off Clover Flat Road, the 3510 Road between the Forest Boundary west to Forest Road 33, and Road 3509 between Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road remain closed. The reduction in the closure area reopens recreation sites including Marster Spring Campground, Chewaucan Crossing Campground and Jones Crossing Forest Camp. Moss Meadow Horse Camp, Moss Pass Trailhead and Campground, and the section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail within the closure area remain closed. The Closure Order is formally referenced as 06-02-03-20-01-01.
Safety: Our highest priority remains the safety of the public and all wildland fire personnel. Fire operation protocols include best management practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within firefighting crews/operations and within the public. Medical staff is available to support firefighters should they be needed.