Monday, August 29, 2016

Indian Crossing Fire Update

Katy Gray – (541)519-4623                                                                August 29, 2016

Indian Crossing Fire Update

BAKER CITY, OR – The Blue Mountain Interagency Type 3 Incident Command Team (IMT), led by Incident Commander Matt James, assumed command of the Indian Crossing fire at 6:00 a.m. today.

The fire is currently 90 acres and 20% contained. Resources from across Oregon and Washington responded to the fire yesterday, including the La Grande and Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crews and a Type 1 Helicopter to provide aerial support.

Fire managers continue to ask the public to remain clear of the Indian Crossing, Coverdale and Hidden Campgrounds, the 1860 Trail and FS Road 3960, also known as the Upper Imnaha Road for firefighter and public safety.

There is a Red Flag warning in effect for both Baker and Wallowa Counties today indicating high temperatures and increasing wind throughout the day. Extreme Fire Behavior can be expected on any new and existing fires including the Indian Crossing Fire. Please use extreme caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire!

The Wallowa Whitman National Forest remains in Phase B Public Use Restrictions.  

For more information and a list of designated recreation areas and campsites where campfires are permitted during Phase B Public Use Restrictions, please contact:

Wallowa-Whitman NF: 541-523-6391 or Forest Information Hotlines
·         Baker City 541-523-1234
·         La Grande 541-962-8679
·         Joseph 541-426-5552

Updated Fire Information can also be found on the Blue Mountain Fire Information Blog at    
Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon.  Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF.  Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information.                                                                                             

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