Sunday, July 20, 2014

Buzzard Complex Update

July 20, 2014       Fire Information: (541) 493-2105(541) 493-2105
Current Status
As of 6 p.m. July 19th, the Buzzard Complex is divided into east and west zones. The Northern Rockies National Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Greg Poncin, took command of the east side [Juntura Riverside Road south to Cob Creek Reservoir, south to Dowell Reservoir] and the west side remains under command of Oregon Incident Management Team 4, Incident Commander Brian J. Watts.

The reason for zoning the Buzzard Complex is due to the size of the incident which has 380+ miles of perimeter, creating logistical and safety concerns for long-distance travel of firefighters. Zoning of the incident will reduce exposure to driving hazards to incident personnel.
The east zone Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the Juntura School. The west zone ICP remains at the Crane School.
Estimated Acreage          368,961
Containment     50 percent
Cause and Date Started                                Lightning: July 14, 2014
Resources on the Fire   
20-person fire crews: 33
Helicopters:  6
Engines:   77
Total Personnel: 1326
Highway 78 is open.  Large equipment remains in the area.  Please use caution and drive with lights on at all times.  A Temporary Flight Restriction exists over the complex. 
Plans for Today
Continue to strengthen containment lines, mop-up, and rehab.
Protect unburned interior islands for grazing and grouse habitat. 
Coordinate with the local unit on rehabilitation planning.
Fire Weather
Forecasted increase in winds over the next few days will test containment lines.
Other Fire Information
The communities surrounding the Buzzard Complex are experiencing heavy smoke conditions. The smoke is coming from fires northwest of our area.
Many unburned pockets of juniper and sage brush remain within the interior of the fire area and have potential to ignite under the right conditions. A dry cold front is expected on Wednesday with increased winds. Until then, firefighters continue to strengthen the containment lines and address problem areas.


  1. Thanks, so much more information I hadn't even thought about. From what caused it and all the resources used. I wonder if when it's fully contained they post what the cost was.

  2. Thanks for the comment Helen. Cost to date is $8.300,000. We are quickly reassigning resources to other fires nationally as this fire is contained. High costing air resources are now at a minimum.