Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Little Basin Fire Kicks Off 2015 Fire Season

Fire season 2015 is officially underway in Northeast Oregon.  The Little Basin fire ushered in the early fire season. Located in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, off of Dug Bar Road in Imnaha Canyon, the fire is currently approximately 630 acres burning in grass and brush in steep terrain which is making control difficult.  The southerly wind is helping push the fire downslope.

Resources on the fire are Union and La Grande Interagency Hotshot Crews, a Type 2 IA crew from the Nez Perce National Forest, five engines, two Type 2 helicopters, one Type 1 helicopter and one Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT).  The fire is estimated to be 10% contained at this time.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

In addition, a lightning storm moved through the area Monday and ignited several small fires.  The Wallowa-Whitman responded to a 1/4 acre fire near Whitney in Baker County and Oregon Department Forestry responded to two small spot fires near Unity.  Those fires are all controlled and contained today.

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