Saturday, August 11, 2018


A fire located approximately 12 miles east of Pilot Rock is actively burning in the Little Rail Creek drainage area. The fire started Friday evening and is estimated to be 1,000 acres in size. The cause of the fire is suspected to be lightning. Oregon Department of Forestry is battling the fire and is assisted by two inmate hand crews as well as local landowners.

Fuels contributing to the fire include dry grasses and brush with the possibility of extending into the timber located to the north, east and south of the fire. The fire is approximately 70% dozer lined, and Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters are on scene assisting with air attack.

No evacuation notices have been issued at this time.

Fire conditions remain extreme across the forests in Northeast Oregon due to high temperatures and lack of moisture. Citizens are asked to continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. Regulated Use Closures are in effect in Northeast Oregon on ODF lands and federal lands are currently under Phase C of public use restrictions. Up to date fire restrictions for all forestlands in Northeast Oregon can be found at is your spot for current fire information in the Blue Mountains. To report a fire, call Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171 or dial 9-1-1.

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