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.
PENDLETON, Ore. –Firefighters
continue to make progress in containing wildfires caused by the recent
thunderstorms. The weather is anticipated to be cooler the next couple of days
with increased relative humidity, which will aid firefighting efforts in containing
The Harrison Fire remains 30 acres and
is now 70% contained. The fire is located 16 miles west of Sumpter, Oregon, within
the Greenhorn unit of the North Fork John Day Wilderness on the North Fork John
Day Ranger District. This section of the wilderness is remote and in steep
terrain, making access difficult. Last
night a helicopter that had been supporting suppression efforts on the Harrison
Fire had to make a precautionary landing after a fuel light came on during the
helicopter’s return flight to the John Day Airbase. The pilot landed the
helicopter in a field located between John Day and Prairie City. The pilot and
crew onboard were not injured and the helicopter was undamaged. Additional
information on this incident is available on the Malheur National Forest
website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/malheur/news-events.
Today firefighters will continue to secure control lines and conduct mop up
activities on the fire. Mopping up includes searching for pockets of heat,
digging out the heat source, and cooling with water. Resources on scene include
65 firefighters. An area, trail and road closure within the vicinity of the
Harrison Fire is in effect.A map and
detailed description of the area closure is available at any Umatilla National
Forest office and at the bottom of this news release.
Firefighters’ suppression efforts continue to
hold on the Gilman Fire, located near Gilman Flats on the Heppner Ranger
District and Prineville Bureau of Land Management lands that are protected by
the Oregon Department of Forestry. The fire is 954 acres in size and 90%
contained. The fire was transitioned
back to a type 4 organization at the close of shift yesterday. Today
firefighters will continue to mop up to ensure the perimeter of the fire is
secured and not at risk of the fire moving outside the perimeter lines. Currently
80 people are assigned to the fire, including several resources from the Oregon
Department of Forestry. Grant County has issued a Level 1 Pre-Evacuation Fire Advisory
for the area of Monument, Ritter, Dale and Middle and North Fork communities.
The advisory area extends from Hwy 402, north to the Grant County line, and Hwy
395 west to the Grant County line. Residents in the area should make advance
preparations and stay tuned for further updates. For additional information on
this pre-evacuation fire advisory please visit http://gcoregonlive2.com/ and
click on the emergency alert system link.
want to remind everyone that the current fire danger rating remains at EXTREME
and Public Use Restrictions involving campfires and chainsaw use are in effect.
Similar restrictions may be in
effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of
Natural Resources (WA-DNR).More
information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/.
For more information
regarding Restrictions, please contact:
The area within the following
boundary: starting at the Ben Harrison Trail Head, heading generally north
along the North Fork John Day (NFJD) Wilderness boundary towards the junction
of where the NFJD Wilderness boundary intersects the Lost Creek Trail (National
Forest System Trail (NFST) 3002), then south along NFST 3002 to the junction of
the Ben Harrison Trial (NFST 3173), then east along the NFST 3173 back to the
Ben Harrison Trail Head. The area is approximately 6,575 areas in size.
Prohibited access does not apply to use of Forest Road No. 10.
The trail closures include:
·National Forest System Trail
(NFST) 3173 - East of the Ben Harrison Trailhead on the Ben Harrison Trial to
the Junction of NFST 3002 of Lost Creek Trail
·National Forest System Trail
(NFST) 3002 - Lost Creek Trail south of the Lost Creek Saddle Camp Trailhead