Vinegar Fire still not contained
The Vinegar fire is located approximately 6-1/2 miles southwest of Granite. It is burning in the Greenhorn Unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area, in a mixed conifer stand of subalpine fir and lodgepole pine. The fire is moving through heavy dead and down fuel. Grasses and forbs in the fire area are green and are not carrying fire. There are 517 people assigned to work on the fire.
The southeast and east sides of the fire continue to be the highest priority. A fuel break has been completed on the southeast side to reduce the potential fire behavior should the fire cross containment lines near the community of Greenhorn. A containment line along the Ben Harrison Trail on the north side of the fire is nearing completion. Ben Camp, a spike camp, has been established for these crews.
Fire behavior has included occasional single tree or small group torching and spotting. Spot fires are being aggressively attacked with ground and aviation resources to minimize fire growth. The weather pattern is expected to change beginning , with a slight chance of thunderstorms. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the area beginning afternoon and continuing into morning.
An anchor point is being established in the Salmon Creek area. An anchor point is an advantageous location, usually a barrier to fire spread, from which to start constructing a fireline. The anchor point is used to minimize the chance of being flanked by the fire while the line is being constructed.
Evacuation notices remain the same.The Alamo area residents have been advised to prepare to evacuate, while the Greenhorn residents have been advised of the fire status and potential in their location. Road and area closures are in place surrounding the fire area. Details about the closures are available by calling Vinegar Fire Information at 541-755-9003.
Fire at a Glance
Size: 970 acres
Contained: 0% (Expected )
Closures: Road and area closures are in effect
Location: 2 miles northwest of Greenhorn