Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fire Burning 7 Miles Southeast of Elgin

Fire crews have responded to the Clarks Creek Fire, 7 miles southeast Elgin, Oregon tonight.  The fire is burning on lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  The fire is burning in grass and open pine stands.  No structures are threatened at this time.  Firefighters from Elgin Fire Department, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and ODF have responded this evening.  The estimated size of the fire is approximately 90 acres. 

Firefighters will work tonight to build control lines where they are able to do so safely.  Temperatures on the fire tonight are expected to be 52-61 degrees with moderate humidity recovery.  Very hot and dry conditions are expected to persist through early next week.  Firefighters will be facing high temperatures in the 90s with relative humidity around 15-20 percent.  Light winds are forecasted for the fire area tomorrow.  The extended forecast is calling for a chance of thunderstorms Wednesday through Friday.

Fire danger in the region is at an EXTREME level and Public Use Restrictions including restrictions for campfires, chainsaw use, off-road travel and debris burning are in effect.  Please check with your local Forest Service office for fire regulations on National Forest land.  Information on Public-Use Restrictions on the Oregon Department of Forestry, Umatilla National Forest and Wallowa Whitman National Forest can be found at under Current Information: Fire Restrictions. is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. 


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