Sunday, August 6, 2017

Indian Lake Fire Update 8/6/17

Firefighters working on the Indian Lake Fire have been able to complete containment lines today.  Crews will continue to improve control lines and focus on mopping up hot spots that could threaten the line.  The fire is burning on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Bureau of Indian Affairs and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.  Yesterday, firefighters were able to accurately map the fire.  The size of the fire is 222 acres and it is currently 55% contained.  The fire is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Pendleton.  The fire is human caused, and fire investigators are onsite to establish the specific cause.

Fire managers expect full containment by Wednesday.  An Interagency Type 3 organization has been managing the incident.  While there are no closures in the area, the public is reminded that firefighting operations will continue in the area and to use caution and yield to emergency vehicles.

Hot and dry conditions are expected to continue through early next week, with a potential for thunderstorms later in the week.  Firefighters are faced with high temperatures in the 90s today, with relative humidity 15-20 percent.  Fire conditions in the region are at an EXTREME level.  Public Use Restrictions are in place.   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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