Hay Creek fire out
- Madras Pioneer - News
Hay Creek Fire, which burned 1,016 acres on federal Bureau of Land Management land, eight miles Northeast of Madras, was declared 100 percent contained as of 4:23 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3, according to an Oregon Department of Forestry report.
The wildfire broke out around 5:30 p.m., Aug. 28, and was believed to be human-caused.
It forced the closure of U.S. Highway 97, at milepost 81, due to heavy smoke across the roadway.
By 7:45 p.m., the highway was reopened, but the next day, Aug. 29, the Oregon Department of Transportation began using pilot cars to lead traffic on the highway as fire crews were doing backburning operations, and the flames were close to the road.
By 2 p.m., Aug. 29, the highway was reopened to regular traffic again.