ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Long Draw Fire Map grew today as three key Oregon wildfires advanced. The Long Draw Fire Map reached fifty percent containment Saturday. But its advance added to the still growing Bonita Complex Fire and Mill Homestead Fire still both burning in Oregon today.
Officials tell news that despite new firefighting efforts the Long Draw Fire is still only sixty percent contained. Officials, moreover, warned news that poor weather conditions could prompt new struggles. The fire has destroyed more than 560,000 acres, making it the largest fire to strike the state this century.
Officials indicate that more than four hundred eighty firefighters will be on scene to battle the blaze today. They will be aided by fifteen water tenders and eighty-nine engines. Incident Commander Jeff Pendleton tells news that the fire still remains north of McDermitt, Nevada.
Firefighters confirmed to news that the fire line remains on the west side of the Owyhee Canyon. But they tell news “Firefighters were able to control a spot fire across the Little Owyhee River last night. The fire continues to travel to the south and east due to windy conditions and extremely dry fuels.” They add “Contingency plans are in place if spotting occurs across the Owyhee River.” For the latest fire map, click HERE.