The Wrentham Market Fire began on 06/29 east of Dufur in Wasco County, burning on unprotected lands in the Columbia Rural Fire Protection District. Originally reported as a 40 acre fire, it rapidly grew with dry, windy conditions. Local fire crews worked with farmers and ranchers to cut lines and direct fire attack. Their efforts played a major role in saving structures and curtailing significant fire spread. The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) Red Incident Management Team took command on 06/30 and was soon joined by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Unified command between OSFM and BLM was established as federal recreational land was threatened by further spread of the fire.
Operations continued on Friday with mop-up and monitoring by both the BLM and OSFM Lane County Task Force. The fire remains at an estimated 7,222 acres and is 91% contained.
BLM hand crews completed mop-up of hotspots, eliminating hazard trees, and strengthening fire lines. They will be transitioning out today as priorities across the state focus on the fire potential for the holiday weekend.
Firefighters continued to monitor the area today, but with several days of no significant activity and the hard work done by crews, control and oversight of the area will be returned to local authorities. Evacuation levels are expected to change. Visit the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for the most up-to-date information regarding these changes. Local residents can also sign up to receive future emergency notifications through the county.
The incident management team’s information section put together a video to summarize the fire and share pictures and videos.