As a cool weather system rolled through Oregon this week, firefighters were afforded some much needed hope after several weeks of brutal temperatures and gusty winds. Over 600,000 acres have burned so far in Oregon.
The Buzzard Complex, the largest of Oregon’s fires, burned an estimated 395,747 acres, but as of today has been 95% contained with much of the fire being hit by rain in the middle of the week. Resources on the complex are currently being demobilized and reassigned to other areas, with full containment expected soon.
Meanwhile, the Ochoco Complex fire near Prineville, OR has burned over 10,000 acres. As of today the fire is 59% contained, with an increase in humidity allowing for progress on several of the fires in the complex. However, as the cold weather system moves out of the area, temperatures on Saturday are expected to increase while humidity drops to the low 20s on the lower elevations of the fire.
Finally the Kitten Complex Fire, which started on Wednesday, has grown to over 20,000 acres on BLM land in the Vale District south of Ironside. The fires that comprise this complex- the Kitten Canyon, Brogan Hill, North Juniper, and Stemler fires- are all 0% contained as of Friday. Up to date information on the Kitten Complex can be found here.