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Ben Young Fire burns more than 1,200 acres, 65% contained

The Ben Young Fire burns about 10 miles to the south of Paisley in Lake County.

Posted: Jul 21, 2020 4:46 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2020 10:58 AM

UPDATE:

PAISLEY, Ore. — The Ben Young Fire is burning 1,249 acres in Lake County.

Firefighters continue to hold the Ben Young Fire in place bringing containment up to 65 percent.

Resources from multiple agencies and contractors are working on the fire, including Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Sunday, the crews will continue with patrol and mopping up along the fire perimeter. Crews are looking for suppression repairs and bringing equipment off the fire line. 

Update on a list of people and resources  on this fire:

8 crews
4 helicopters
10 engines
1 dozer
5 water tenders


PAISLEY, Ore. — The Ben Young Fire is burning 1,249 acres in Lake County. 

The fire is now 55 percent contained. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) said Friday's success increased the containment percentage. Multiple agencies are working on this fire including the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. 

On Saturday, crews will focus on suppression, controlling the fire's edge and mopping up. 

Here's a look at how many people and resources are on this fire: 

  • 205 personnel 
  • 3 helicopters
  • 10 engines
  • 3 dozers
  • 3 water tenders 

The Ben Young Fire in Lake County could threaten more homes as it grows to the east, according to an update from fire officials on Thursday morning.

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) said that the Ben Young Fire was first reported just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, about a dozen miles to the southwest of Paisley. Though it started on private lands, it moved into National Forest land on Tuesday afternoon.

As of Thursday morning, the fire covered roughly 1,200 acres on the east side of the Chewaucan River, burning to the south and east. There is no containment of the fire as yet.

"The fire is threatening the communication site on Round Mountain, the Morgan Butte Fire Lookout, and one residence," fire officials said. "More residences could become threatened as the fire moves to the east."

Multiple agencies are now working to contain the fire, including the Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. At the scene are four fire engines, a bulldozer, three helicopters, and four hand crews.

The NW 7 Incident Command Team took charge of firefighting efforts on Thursday morning.

"Continuation of aircraft support will be critical to ground resource success," officials said. "Firefighters will continue work on building additional fireline directly up the flanks of the fire and prepare indirect fireline in the steeper terrain on the northeastern portion."

Firefighters made good progress on the fire over Wednesday, according to fire officials. Thunderstorm activity was minimal, with some rain and heavy downdrafts at times. Steep slopes have caused difficulty for fire crews.

An emergency closure remains in effect for National Forest lands east of Forest Road 33 from Forest Road 3510 north towards Paisley. Also closed are Forest Roads 3510-018 off Clover Flat Road, the 3510 Road between the Forest Boundary west to Forest Road 33, and Road 3509 between Forest Road 3510 and the 28 Road. Within the closure area are Marster Spring Campground, Chewaucan Crossing Campground, Jones Crossing Forest Camp, Moss Meadow Horse Camp, Moss Pass Trailhead and Campground, and the Fremont National Recreation Trail.

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