CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Thursday night was another good night on the Meadow Fire with zero growth. The fire is 5 miles outside of Chiloquin, Oregon burning away from the community to the northeast. Total acreage is now set at 832 acres (up from 815 last night) due to slightly better mapping. Containment this morning remains at 50%. Thursday night was the last night shift for the fire with crews continuing to look for, and extinguish, hot spots and secure line.
Incident Commander Troy Parrish, says crews will be focused on making more progress on the fire line today. “If the crews continue with their good work today, as I suspect they will, I am hoping we can call it 75% contained by tonight,” he says.
The North 2 Prescribed Fire was converted to wildfire status and called the Meadow Fire on Wednesday about 12:30 pm when fire behavior and intensity grew more than was planned for and the decision was made to order more resources. This ensured it could be extinguished quickly to keep the community safe. The Meadow Fire remains fully within the planned burn project area. Prescribed fires, outside of fireprone communities, are remarkably successful at reducing the risk of wildfires threatening populated areas.
The North 2 Prescribed Fire project is part of the Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project, which is funded in part through the USDA Joint Chief’s program. The purpose of the project is to treat lands at a landscape scale across boundaries to create a forest resilient to natural and human-caused disturbance, including fire. This includes defensible space and fuel reduction treatments.
Updates on all prescribed burns and wildfires will be posted on the Fremont Winema Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/R6FWNF as well as on the SCOFMP Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO. Information boards are in place in the Chiloquin area and will be updated if necessary.