PNW Team 3 (Jeff Pendleton, Incident Commander) took command of the Long Draw Fire at 6:00 a.m. July 12, 2012.
The PNW Team 3 will hold a fire information meeting at the Jordan Valley Lions Club on Friday July 13, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
A fire information meeting will be held at the McDermitt Community Center on Saturday evening, July 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time/8:00 p.m. Mountain Time,.
The fire has burned east to the Owyhee Canyon but has not crossed the Owyhee River. Contingency plans are in place if spotting occurs across the river.
The protection and safety of the public and firefighters is priority number one.
Objectives are for full suppression using direct attack methods when possible. Firefighters are mopping up the west and east sides of Highway 95, north and south of Basque, Oregon. Crews are making good progress with construction of fire line on the north and south flanks of the fire to tie the line into the Owyhee Canyon to the east.
The weather is expected to be sunny, becoming partly cloudy. High temperatures are expected to be between 95F to 103F. Minimum relative humidity will be 5% to 12%. Winds will be westerly 8 to 15 mph with local gusts to around 25 mph. Isolated dry thunderstorms may occur after 2:00 p.m. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for southeastern Oregon. There is potential for dry lightening. Two initial attack crews, one at Burns Junction and one at McDermitt are on standby to respond to any new fire starts.
Highway 95 is open. Drivers are asked to please slow down, use their headlights and be aware of increased fire traffic. Highway 95 is the main route of travel between Idaho and the Oregon-Nevada border.
There is confirmed loss of cattle within the perimeter of the fire. The numbers are unknown at this time.