Big Meadow
27.6 mi
WNW of Hines, OR
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
21 mins, 21 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, September 9, 2021 6:28 PM PDT
Dispatch Notes:
Good rot hwy 20 >> silver creek rd until the pavement ends, take right on 4130rd to egypt well
Primary Fire Agency

Bureau of Land Management — Burns District

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 8 hours, 45 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Big Meadow Fire

Late season wildfire reaches 2,600 acres

On Thursday, September 9, Harney County received abundant late afternoon and evening lightning strikes. Quick response from the Silver Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Association, Burns Interagency Fire Zone and private contractors kept the Silver Creek fire at 86 acres before being fully contained on September 11. The Big Meadow fire, burning in heavy timber continued to grow.

Ground crews will continue securing control lines and mop-up from the perimeter as containment improves. Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 7 assumed command of the Big Meadow fire on September 13. Their Incident Command Post and the firefighter base camp are set up in Hines, Oregon.

A closure of both Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service-administered public lands in the Big Meadow fire area is in place. Roads and trails within the closure are off limits to all access – hiking, biking, horseback, ATV, vehicle, etc. – until further notice. Boundary roads along the closure remain open. Maps of the closure area are available at the BLM office at 28910 Highway 20 West in Hines, the Riley Store, and Harney County Sporting Goods, and posted at entry roads in the fire vicinity.

Remember! Wildfire danger still exists! Public use restrictions are still in place – no campfires, personal chainsaw use, explosives, or parking or driving off road.

For more information on the Big Meadow fire or the public land closure in the area, follow Burns Interagency Fire Zone on social media or call (541) 573-4400.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:30 PM PDT
10 miles past Riley, right turn Silver Creek Road
Incident Commander:
Jason Loomis
43.608, -119.606

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Significant Events:
Creeping and smoldering fire behavior within established containment lines as unburned fuels continue to consume. Isolated flare-ups mostly in the interior. Some tactical cleanup of fingers occurred on the south flank of the fire.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Reinforce existing lines through mop-up to the extent necessary to ensure control. Grid Division Alpha aggressively to detect and line spot fires. Cold trail in Division Alpha where there is not a solid edge. Begin repair work through chipping operations and adding waterbars.
Projected Incident Activity:

12 hours:
Smoldering consumption will continue with poor overnight humidity recovery. Smoke will settle in nearby valleys.

24 hours:
Winds increase Friday ahead of weather system. Minimal surface spread anticipated. Smoldering heavy fuels within the interior continue to consume. Minimal smoke production expected.

48 hours:
Minimal surface spread anticipated. Smoldering heavy fuels within the interior continue to consume. Cloud cover with a chance of precipitation Saturday will limit smoke production.

72 hours:
Precipitation expected to continue through the weekend limiting fire behavior to smoldering where protected from moisture. Minimal fire behavior, limited smoke production. Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire behavior and smoke production.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A weak disturbance passed through the area today creating breezy winds. Otherwise, dry conditions should prevail into Thursday. A weather system will approach the region on Friday spreading clouds and showers to the area. A cold front is forecast to track across the region Friday night and Saturday creating breezy winds. The precipitation and cooler temperatures should continue through the weekend. Locations may receive up to a quarter inch of rain or more especially in the mountains.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Cheyne Rossbach
Phone: 541-701-9097
Fire Unit Information
Malheur National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
431 Patterson Bridge Rd
John Day, OR 97845

Dispatch Contact

Burns Interagency Communication Center | Hines, OR