Information regarding current wildfire activity in the Blue Mountain area of Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington. Hosted by Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center, Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District, Umatilla National Forest, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Dry Gulch – Eagle
Complex – Cornet/Windy Ridge
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
Fire Information: (541) 975-4271
Crews Continue to Extinguish
Firefighters continue to extinguish occasional
smokes that appear in the Dry Gulch, Eagle Complex, and Cornet-Windy Ridge
fires in this warm, dry weather. Warm
and dry conditions are predicted to continue through the next several days,
with no significant precipitation in the forecast.The fire containment lines continue to hold
on these three fires.Crews are
monitoring and patrolling the fires every day, and mopping up smokes that pop
up near the perimeter of the fire, and putting out smokes in the interior of
the fire as needed. A helicopter reconnaissance
flight is planned over all three fires today to locate smokes and assess the
suppression action required.The
helicopter also has a bucket available for water drops.
Dry Gulch Fire
Resources assigned to the Dry Gulch fire today include 1 crew and 3
engines, working out of Halfway, OR. They
are continuing to patrol the fire line and mop up hot spots along the perimeter
of the fire.They plan to reroute a hose
lay today to get water to another portion of the timbered area on the northern
edge of the fire.
The excavators and dozer have finished repairing
the effects of fire suppression on contingency dozer fire lines, by pulling
back berm material, and spreading brush, limbs and rocks over contingency fire
lines that were constructed by dozers.Water bars were installed to divert run off water along dozer fire lines
on slopes.Suppression repair work on
the dozer fire lines used for control along the perimeter of the Dry Gulch fire
will be done later this fall when those fire lines are no longer needed for
The Dry Gulch fire burned 17,823 acres which
includes: 10,396 acres (58%) of Bureau of Land Management land; 2480 acres
(14%) on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest; 4814 acres (27%) of other
jurisdictions; and 133 acres (1%) of land protected by the Oregon Department of
Forestry.The cause of the fire is under
investigation.No structures were lost
in the Dry Gulch fire. There are no evacuation notices in place for the Dry
Smoke will continue to be visible in the Sullivan
Creek area on the east side of the fire.A hotshot crew and an engine are continuing to secure the fire line and
mop up smokes along the perimeter of the fire.A dozer is repairing the effects of fire suppression on roads in the
The suppression repair work has been completed on
all the interior and contingency dozer fire lines on the Eagle Complex. Water
bars were installed on dozer lines on slopes to prevent erosion.Berm material was put back in place, and
brush, limbs and rocks were spread over these dozer lines.After the fire suppression is finished this
fall, the fire suppression repair work will be done on the primary dozer fire
lines used for control around the perimeter of the fire.
All road closures on the Eagle Complex were
terminated on September 21st.
Occasional smoke is appearing in various locations
of the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire. Resources from the Wallowa-Whitman National
Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Forestry continue
to patrol and monitor the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire every day, to extinguish any
hot spots they find along the perimeter of the fire and to put out smoke in the
interior of the fire as needed.Four
engines and a small hand crew are working on the fire today.
The Cornet-Windy Ridge fire is located west of Durkee,
south of Baker City, and northeast of Hereford, OR.It is west of I-84, and south of Highway 7.
Seasonal fire restrictions are in effect
for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Campfires are allowed in the
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest with specific requirements for a cleared area,
fire ring, tools and water to make them safe.For more detailed information please contact any Wallowa-Whitman
National Forest office or visit the website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman/.Information is also available at the Blue
Mountain Fire Information BlogSpot at http://bluemountainfireinfo.blogspot.com/.
A regulated closure is in effect on state
and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast
Oregon. Please check with a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more
complete information on public use fire restrictions on lands protected by ODF,
or visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: www.bmidc.org.
Fire prevention orders are also in
effect for public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).For further information contact a BLM office
or the website atwww.blm.gov/or/districts/vale.