Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, March 5, 2021 12:24:27 PM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Ben Young Fire
Last Updated
Monday, August 17, 2020 11:15 PM PDT
(7 months ago)
Fire Reported
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:00 AM PDT
(8 months ago)
Incident Type
24.1 miles NNW of Lakeview, OR
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Ben Young Fire is currently 1,249 acres and located 13 miles south of Paisley, OR.  The fire is burning on steep slopes with grass and brush on lower slopes and timbered ridges.  NW 7 Incident Command Team 7 (Incident Commander Eric Knerr) took over management of the Ben Young Fire on July 23 at 6 a.m. 

The fire is threatening the communication site on Round Mountain, the Morgan Butte Fire Lookout, and one residence.  More residences could become threatened as the fire moves to the east.  Resources from multiple agencies are working on the fire, including Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The cause is under investigation. 

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Tuesday July 21st, 2020 approx. 01:00 PM
Approximately 13 miles south of Paisley, OR
Incident Commander
Eric Knerr
42.503, -120.553
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Tuesday August 04th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Grass-shrub fuels with juniper are common on west aspect, transitioning to long needled pine litter near
the ridgetop. East aspect fuels near the ridgetop are a combination of long needled litter and with areas
of true fir understory.
Significant Events
Fire behavior limited to creeping and smoldering, interior consumption with no perimeter growth.
Planned Actions
Continue protection of critical infrastructure (repeater sites, lookouts, FAA communication equipment)
Strengthen containment lines, Mop up in all divisions. Begin fire suppression repair.
Projected Incident Activity
Minimal surface spread anticipated. Smoldering heavy fuels within the interior continue to consume. Minimal smoke production expected.
Last 209 submission, unless fire activity increases or a significant change occurs.
Weather Concerns
Expect thunderstorm activity to continue into the evening, with potential for additional storms tomorrow. Predicted warm, dry, and breezy on Wednesday.
Incident Contact
Fire Info Jeanne Klein
Email: 2020.BenYoung@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-407-1763
Fire Unit Information
Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630
Incident Map

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