Fire crews fully line Meadow Fire in prescribed burn area near Chiloquin

KDRV 12, May 6, 2021

CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Firefighters worked through the night to surround the Meadow Fire, which grew from prescribed burn operations scrapped on Wednesday morning.

According to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP), the Meadow Fire burns on 815 acres within the 4,000-acre area originally planned for the North 2 prescribed burn. The fire is roughly five miles northeast of Chiloquin, and officials say it is still moving away from the community.

A local Type 3 Incident Management Team took over control of the wildfire on Thursday morning so that the initial crews could rest.

Overnight, two heavy air tankers dropped retardant to check the fire’s growth whil crews worked to get around it, SCOFMP said. The Winema and Rogue River Hotshots, 21 engines and five dozers were brought in to help line the fire. By Thursday morning, the Zigzag and La Grande Hotshot arrived along with three more engines, four water tenders, and the Incident Management Team.

“I feel very confident this morning that the fire is in a really good place for the incoming IMT,” Assistant Fire Management Officer Evan Wright said.

Wright said that the Chiloquin District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest has a “long history of good results” with prescribed burns, keeping firefighter and community safety at the forefront.

“We have a lot of very stringent requirements for doing prescribed burns, but sometimes we begin to see undesirable fire effects happening and that’s what happened here,” Wright continued. “The burn had some increased fire behavior and was killing more trees and burning hotter than we planned for, so we did the responsible thing and put it out. Did we need to convert it to a wildfire? Maybe not, because it was still well within the area we planned to burn. But doing so gave us more options to get a lot more help quickly to be very sure we could extinguish it. That was the responsible thing to do to protect the community.”

Officials said that people in the Chiloquin area may continue to experience smoke impacts.

Update from this morning here:

Meadow Fire Near Chiloquin Shows No Growth
CHILOQUIN, Ore. – Thursday night was another good night on the Meadow Fire with zero growth. The fire is 5 miles outside of Chiloquin, Oregon burning away from the community to the northeast. Total acreage is now set at 832 acres (up from 815 last night) due to slightly better mapping. Containment this morning remains at 50%. Thursday night was the last night shift for the fire with crews continuing to look for, and extinguish, hot spots and secure line.
Incident Commander Troy Parrish, says crews will be focused on making more progress on the fire line today. “If the crews continue with their good work today, as I suspect they will, I am hoping we can call it 75% contained by tonight,” he says.

4 thoughts on “Fire crews fully line Meadow Fire in prescribed burn area near Chiloquin

  1. Out here we have what’s called “brush piles” where those who cut down (using chainsaws) dead branches or even live ones haul them to the community brush pile in order to mitigate wild fires caused mostly by idiots welding outdoors in 50 mph winds or severe droughts (as we have out here now…thanks, La Nina, chemtrails, and grand solar minimums). Or dropping still-lit cigarette stubs on dry grass….
    This leads to controlled (or prescribed) burns twice a year by the POA fire dept. which are strictly controlled and monitored. No problems…I guess we’re used to these in burn ban counties.
    Blessings, Henry and Laura, to you and yours.

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