South Central Oregon Fire Updates – Sycan River Fire and Lightning Fires

BLY, Ore. – Firefighters have continued work today on the Sycan River Fire, as well as responding to lightning fires as they are discovered.

The Sycan River Fire, burning approximately 20 miles north of Beatty, is 615 acres and will be 75 percent contained this evening.

At the end of shift, the fire will transition to the Bly Ranger District and a Type 4 Incident Commander. Tomorrow 42 firefighters will continue to work on mop-up and patrol.

All road closures have been lifted and Forest Road 27 has reopened.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation while we worked on the Sycan River Fire this week,” said SCOFMP Type 3 Team Incident Commander Sam Tacchini. “It made it possible for us to fight the fire efficiently and get it back to the Bly Ranger District to continue towards full containment.”

So far today, the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership’s (SCOFMP) federal and state agencies responded to six lightning fires from last night’s storms. The fires ranged from a tenth to 1.5 acres.

It is expected in the coming days that as conditions continue to dry out in the storm areas, additional lightning fires will be discovered. The public is asked to report suspected wildfires to 911.

Human-caused wildfires are preventable! The public is asked to use extreme caution with anything that can spark a fire. Hot temperatures, dry fuels and high winds can quickly turn a small spark or ember into a large wildfire.

South Central Oregon is already seeing an active and early fire season. In addition to being careful with anything that can spark a fire, the public can take measures to be prepared. Private landowners can create and maintain defensible space around structures, especially in rural and forested areas.