Thursday, July 2, 2015

On the evening of July 1st, a new fire was detected in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, near High Hat Butte. The fire was staffed with 16 smoke jumpers from the Payette National Forest, and 3 helicopters for bucket work, in efforts to control the spread of the fire.

As of last night, the fire was about 20 acres in size, with the body of the fire approximately 10 acres in size with numerous spots. The fire is currently exhibiting very active fire behavior due to the high temperatures and low relative humidities.

The fire is visible from the communities of La Grande, Baker City, Enterprise and Joseph.

In addition to yesterday's fire, there was a 400 acre grass fire (Ayers Gulch) 15 miles South of Clarkston, WA on the Washington Department of National Resource's (WDNR) protection. The fire was contained on 7/01/15 at 1900. Resources that were used on the fire included WDNR engines and a strike team, Pomeroy Ranger District engines and crews, and SEATS provided by Oregon Department of Forestry and Idaho Department of Lands.

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